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Lecture Series Looks Into Biological, Development Aspects Of Autism

November 5, 2008 – Childhood autism is the topic of the upcoming Knowledge is Power lecture series at Collin College.

Dr. Amy Helms, professor of biology, and Elaine Wilkinson, professor of child development and education, will present “Autism: Beyond Rain Man” from 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Preston Ridge Campus Event Center, 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and dessert will be served.

The diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is on the rise in the United States and the world. Currently, it is estimated that one in 150 children in the United States will be diagnosed with an ASD.

Dr. Helms will address the most recent research in understanding the causes of ASD, both genetic and environmental. Evidence that differences in brain structure, brain activity and brain chemistry play a role in the development of the disorder will be presented as well as the purported link between autism and vaccines and other environmental factors.

Wilkinson, will discuss autism as a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and how it affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.

A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

The Knowledge is Power lecture series pairs professors from different academic arenas into one discussion about a topic relevant in global current issues.

For more information, contact Brett Adams at 972.377.1604 or e-mail or Sukanya Subramanian at 972.377.1583 or