Understanding and Supporting Autism Spectrum Disorder

Date Aired: Monday, November 22, 2021 | 6:00pm to 7:00pm (PST)

Presenter: Alexander Tan, PhD, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, CHOC Neuropsychology

Presenter Bio: Alexander Tan, PhD is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology and internship in pediatric neuropsychology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and he completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University. Dr. Tan’s clinical and research interests include neuropsychological outcomes of congenital heart disease and demyelinating disorders, and he has co-authored over 40 scientific presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles. He serves as the director of the CHOC Heart Institute Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program and is an affiliate member of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative. Additionally, he is actively involved in pediatric neuropsychology internship and fellowship training and supervision. Internationally, Dr. Tan serves on the Asian Neuropsychological Association’s Executive Committee and Society for Clinical Neuropsychology’s Education Advisory Committee, and he is a co-founder of KnowNeuropsychology and delegate of the Cultural Neuropsychology Council. He is passionate about advancing and addressing disparities within neuropsychology education, training, and mentorship.

Presentation Description: A CHOC Pediatric Neuropsychologist will talk with parents about autism spectrum disorder. This presentation will introduce the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, explore the relationship between autism spectrum disorder and the brain, and discuss how to support a child with autism spectrum disorder in the context of the family.