Wednesday, March 5 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) represent a common spectrum of developmental disabilities, sharing deficits in social interactions, communication and restricted interests or repetitive behaviors with difficult transitions. In this symposium, we’ll review the history of the identification and classification of autism and the origin of the now widely-debunked autism/vaccine hypothesis.
The evidence that autism is fundamentally a genetic disease is predominant. Interactions between multiple genes cause "idiopathic" autism but epigenetic factors and exposure to environmental modifiers may contribute to variable expression of autism and sensory disorder related traits.
Vidhya Krishnamurthy, PhD
School of Medicine, Loma Linda University
"Understanding Autism from a Cultural Perspective" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Krishnamurthy is a Pediatric Psychologist with considerable experience in child and adolescent assessment and treatment. She graduated from Loma Linda University Department of Psychology with a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in child and pediatric psychology. She completed her internship in developmental disabilities, with an emphasis in autism evaluation, at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Her fellowship through Loma Linda University Department of Pediatrics was in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Krishnamurthy currently holds clinical and academic appointments in the Department of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University. She is involved in clinical service delivery, student training, and research.
Arezou Salamat, OTD, MOT, OTR/L
School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University
"Sensory Experiences of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Salamat is an assistant professor at Loma Linda University, Department of Occupational Therapy. Her emphases as a faculty member are in research, teaching and mentoring master level occupational therapy students in working with young children and their families in the areas of sensory processing and infant mental health. Through the Department of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Salamat currently works in the Countywide Screening, Assessment, Referral and Treatment (SART) program and providing occupational therapy services for infants and children who experienced maltreatment or prenatal exposure to narcotics and alcohol. She is certified in theory and intervention in utilizing sensory integration as well as administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. She is certified in infant massage and has extensive training in infant Neurodevelometnal Treatment. Dr. Salamat believes in empowering caregivers and identifying strategies to support meaningful relationships through community integrations and active participation in daily routines to promote overall health and well being of a child and community inclusion.