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Autism often occurs in tandem with ADHD, anxiety disorders

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Kevin AntshellAutism spectrum disorder often brings with it attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or anxiety disorders, says Kevin Antshel, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Syracuse University and an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Upstate. He describes the concurrent conditions and ascribes at least part of the increase in autism cases in recent years to more awareness among the public and pediatricians, earlier screening and changes in educational laws to accommodate children with the disorder.

Why are rates of autism on the rise?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Carroll Grant, PhD, and Erin KishThe reasons behind the rising numbers of autism spectrum cases are explained in this interview with Carroll Grant, PhD, director of the Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center at Upstate Medical University. She and Erin Kish, who advocates for autism awareness ( and has an autistic son, explore the denial and ignorance that parents of autistic children sometimes still experience and explore the many treatment options now available.

An overview of autism

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Psychologist Henry S Roane, PhDHenry Roane, PhD gives an overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – the possible causes, diagnosis, and treatment protocols – and a new study from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that shows a significant increase in autism rates.  Roane is the G. S. Liptak Professor of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University. Read the story: Autism rates now 1 in 68 U.S. children: CDCFamily Behavior Analysis Clinic at Upstate.  For more information, call 464-3950.

The benefits of pre-kindergarten education

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Retired Syracuse University psychology professor Peter Knoblock, PhDPeter Knoblock, PhD, is a leading authority on autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Forty years ago, he founded the Jowonio School to serve students with special needs and advocate for inclusive classrooms. Knoblock shares his perspective on the value of a pre-kindergarten education, and his views on full-day versus half-day kindergarten.  Read the story.

‘Peds to Parents’ – Special dental concerns for children with special needs

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Patrick Smith, DDSPatrick Smith, DDS, residency program director of the dental service and clinic at Upstate, describes the special dental concerns for children with special needs, and tips and suggestions to encourage good dental hygiene.

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers

Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center celebrates 30 years

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Caroll GrantDr. Carroll Grant, director of the Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center, reminisces about the center’s 30 years of evaluating children with complex developmental difficulties, including autism spectrum disorders.  The Center provides assessment, consultation, and referral services for children, birth through seven years of age, who are “at risk” for or have a developmental disability.