Exploring Autism – This Week on Sound Medicine
INDIANAPOLIS -- This weekend, Dec. 11 and 12, the award-winning Sound Medicine radio show will devote a full hour to autism – its identification, causes, and treatment.
Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis will speak with Laura and Mike Williamson, the parents of a child with severe autism. The Williamsons tell the story of their son, Philip, whose symptoms have improved with a dairy-free nutritional regimen.
The Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University recently completed a major study involving very young children diagnosed with autism. Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., will talk with the study’s lead author, Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., who will discuss the research project: an inexpensive group-treatment model that has had very encouraging results.
Sound Medicine reporter Sandy Roob will visit a classroom for autistic children where clinicians and teachers develop teaching strategies that work for different levels of ability. The project is a collaborative effort between the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center, which is affiliated with Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, and the city’s public schools.
The Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center runs a program called “HANDS in Autism,” where HANDS stands for Helping Answer Needs by Developing Specialists in Autism. Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., will meet with program director, Naomi Sweazy, Ph.D., to discuss how the HANDS program trains people in schools to work with autistic kids.
In addition, Barbara Lewis will chat with Kathy Oehler, an autism consultant for a suburban Indianapolis school system. Oehler will provide insights for parents who are preparing to enroll their autistic child in kindergarten and elementary school.
For more information on this show or archived editions, check the Sound Medicine website.
Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM). Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.
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