This presentation will explore current hot topics in the ASD community, including differential diagnosis challenges, current understanding of causal factors, diversity on the spectrum, and changing views of ASD and treatment. Dr. Emick will share relevant and recent research and clinical experience about ways to apply this information. Finally, the presentation will provide examples of how gender and cultural diversity may impact the ASD diagnostic process, discuss a shift toward a neurodiversity informed assessment process, and identify first language.
About Dr. Jessica Emick
Jessica Emick, Ph.D., is a licensed Pediatric Psychologist. She received her Master of Arts degree in Neuropsychology from the University of Northern Colorado and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Emick frequently presents nationally on topics related to assessment, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and early childhood development. She teaches in a graduate psychology program and provides Autism assessment and consultation at Total Education Solutions in Fairlawn, where she serves as Program Manager of Clinical Psychological Services.