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Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Developmental Trajectories for Young Children with Autism and 'At Risk': Parent-Mediated Interventions"
Date:Sep 5 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:Live in AHSC Room 5403 (Live broadcast to BHP Room 1233 & VA Bldg 90 Conference Room 1200)
Ann Mastergeorge, PhD
Early Childhood Extension Specialist
Family Studies and Human Development
Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Arizona
Dr. Mastergeorge's research areas of expertise and interest in young children stem from her days as a Master‚Äôs student at the University of Washington, where she worked with very young children and their families ‚Äìboth typically developing as well as those with disabilities and atypical development.
This area was expanded when she became a doctoral student at UCLA and worked on a longitudinal research project that focused on following families who had young children with ambiguous diagnoses of developmental delay. During that time, she spent three years traveling to families‚Äô homes observing their everyday activities such as playtime, dinner, bedtime routines, and other family routines and learning opportunities.
Spending time with families in the context of their homes, and hearing their stories about the ways in which their beliefs about development were constructed and altered based on their child‚Äôs developmental abilities, provided the groundwork for her interests in parent-mediated interventions.
In addition, observing and studying parent-child interactions for both typical and atypically developing children (including developmental delay, autism, and fragile X syndrome) provided a context to understand the developmental trajectories necessary in prevention, early intervention, and understanding contexts that mitigate at-risk development.
Learning Objectives for "Developmental Trajectories for Young Children with Autism and 'At Risk': Parent-Mediated Interventions"
In relation to the goal of ultimately improving patient care, participants will be able to:
- Understand developmental trajectories that lead to atypical trajectories
- Determine the risk factors associated with early signs of autism
- Recognize the importance of parent-mediated interventions