HealthWISE to host autism expert panel on April 11

  • IF YOU GO

    WHAT: Autism: Pieces of the Puzzle

    WHEN: 6 p.m., April 11

    WHERE: North Classroom at Citizens Medical Center, 2701 Hospital Drive

Citizens Medical Center's HealthWISE will host a free autism expert panel on April 11.

The panel will talk about the known facts including risk factors, symptoms, therapies and what to do if you think your child may have autism and how to parent a child with autism.

Dr. Stephen Dentler, a local pediatrician, Erin Hatley, the executive director of the Vine School; Lottie Tomko, an autism education specialist with Region III Education Service Center; and Susan Morrison, the mother of an autistic child; will be on the panel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 110 children in the United States has some form of autism that falls in the Autism Spectrum Disorder, a group of disorders that cause challenges in the social, communication and behavioral aspects of a child.

For more information on the panel or to reserve a seat, call 361-578-9473.