Friday, April 29
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Medical
Session 07

Sydney Rice, MD, MS
Level of Instruction: Intermediate   –   Coronado I

Many of us wonder what makes us act the way that we do and we wonder why others act the way that way that they do. In particular, individuals who have autism have similarities in behavior and social interaction that are likely founded in differences in brain structure and physiology. What is our present understanding of differences seen in the brains in individuals with autism? How might these changes affect behavior and social interactions? We will review the most recent research findings on brain anatomy, structure and physiology in individuals with autism.

Learner Outcomes:  At the completion of this presentation, participants will be able to list at least 3 brain structures that have been associated with autism,describe how differences in brain structures in individuals with autism explain differences in behavior seen in autism and describe the concept of pruning and how pruning may be important in understanding the brain in autism.