Promoting Resilience Throughout the Life Span in ASD
Presenter: Peter Szatmari, MD. MSc, FRCPS
Date/Time: Thursday, December 1 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Resilience usually refers to a ‘better than expected outcome’ in the context of some adverse event such as child abuse, poverty, parental separation etc. The term has not been used in the context of ASD but there is no logical reason why it could not. Only in this circumstance, the adverse event is the set of risk genes associated with ASD. This presentation will talk about some of the known factors associated with resilience in ASD. This could include genetic factors, cognitive factors, treatment, and accommodation by certain environments (such as school). This session will look at the literature on ‘optimal outcomes’ published by the Fein et al group, as well as Peter Szatmari’s own work from the Pathways in ASD study. A focus on resilience is useful not only for the children with ASD how have a ‘better than expected outcome’ but for all children with ASD.