Warning Signs Your Child May Be Autistic Featured
Patricia Manning-Courtney, M.D.
Autism is a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors which are markedly different from those of typical children. Dr. Patricia Manning-Courtney from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center joins the show to discuss this mysterious disorder.
Dr. Patricia Manning-Courtney completed her undergraduate education at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and obtained her degree in Medicine at the University Of Cincinnati College of Medicine, graduating first in her class. She completed a residency in Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and a 3 year fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders. In 1998, she became the director of The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TKOC) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a multidisciplinary diagnostic and treatment program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and continues in that role. TKOC is a member of the Autism Treatment Network (ATN), a large international network of autism clinical programs funded by Autism Speaks, with a focus on standardizing the diagnosis and medical treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As part of her work with the ATN, Dr. Manning-Courtney is working on formal guidelines for managing sleep and gastrointestinal problems in children with ASD. Dr. Manning-Courtney is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and has published articles on the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has participated in numerous research projects including the use of secretin in children with ASD, and growth differences in children with ASD. She has been appointed by the Governor of Ohio to statewide task forces on ASD, and has served on the board of the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati for 10 years. She is currently a member of a state-wide Expert Panel on improving screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders in primary care settings. Current interests include improving access to autism treatment services using Health Care Improvement Science.
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