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April 30, 2015

Chris Vrabel, psychologist and autism expert, endorses early diagnosis, intervention


Chris Vrabel, Psy.D. is a psychologist at Child and Family Development and an expert in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

During Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Vrabel shares some of the latest strategies for early diagnosis, including a new parent training video and checklists, offered by Dr. Rebecca Landa of the US Kennedy Krieger Institute.

The video consists of six clips comparing toddlers who show no signs of ASD to toddlers who show early signs of ASD. For example, there are differences in the ways children with signs of ASD play with toys and respond to adults around them.  Each video is presented with voice-over explaining how the specific behaviors exhibited by the child, as they occur on screen, are either indicative of ASD or typical child development.

If there are indicators, parents are encouraged to contact a developmental pediatrician to begin early diagnosis and early intervention, as needed.  

Read more about our autism testing services here.