The Marin Autism Collaborative held its 2011 Annual Meeting on April 2 at the Marin County Office of Education. Dr. Peter Mundy, cialis from the UC Davis MIND Institute and the Department of Education, spoke on “Social Attention Impairments in Autism.”
Dr. Mundy provided a comprehensive history of autism and the role of joint attention as an indicator of autism and social impairments. Joint attention is a pivotal, gateway behavior, as it plays a key role in learning. Problems in joint attention lead to difficulties in learning both language and social skills. Dr. Mundy then went on to discuss the research-based interventions for school-age children and older children. There is still much work to be done in this area and Dr. Mundy is currently working on a virtual reality research project to help children and young adults learns these skills in a simulated environment.
For more information on the talk, contact Katrina Ferreyra, MAC Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.