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Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan is theme for WPA Annual Conference

Friday, November 1, 2019  
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Mara Pheister, MD, Conference Chair

Historically, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists have been experts in diagnosis and treating Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), with limited attention devoted to this topic in Adult Psychiatry Residency.  As the prevalence of ASD increases and children become adults, many general psychiatrists are working more closely with individuals on the spectrum. 

In Wisconsin, the prevalence of ASD is 1 in 71 children (2018).  Each year, 50,000 teens with ASD will enter adulthood.  Adult patients with ASD may present for treatment of comorbid disorders.   Other times, we may suspect the diagnosis of ASD in an adult that presents with other concerns. 

The WPA 2020 Annual Conference, taking place March 5-7, 2020 at The Edgewater in Madison, will address this relative knowledge gap and to equip psychiatrists with the skills, knowledge and resources to most effectively help individuals with ASD and their families. 

We’re excited to continue the Resident Vignette Competition with residents from all four Wisconsin Psychiatry residencies competing for the coveted Siggie Award.  Additionally, we’ll be bringing back the poster session, inviting everyone to share the amazing work happening across our state.   

I hope you’ll join us in Madison for a fantastic conference!