Autism Spectrum Disorder: Where We Are

In this audio podcast, the guests will outline myths and misconceptions of ASD, as well as updates in diagnosis and management, including occupational and speech language therapies, and applied behavioral analysis.

Target Audience

Healthcare providers of all specialties may benefit from the information presented.

Learning Objectives

The occurrence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is on the rise and during this podcast, Drs. Anuja Mehta, Shirin Hasan, Lisa Spector, and Christopher Morris detail what ASD is, as well as some of the myths and misconceptions of ASD. In addition, they will provide information regarding the transition of care from adolescence into adulthood, and offer insight into treatment for ASD, including occupational and speech language therapies, as well as applied behavioral analysis. At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Better understand the symptoms and neuroanatomical abnormalities of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);
  • Identify comorbid conditions associated with ASD;
  • Describe various treatment therapies for ASD.

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Southern Medical Association (SMA) requires instructors, planners, managers, and all other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose conflicts of interest (COI) with ineligible entities within the last 24 months of the development of this activity. All identified COIs are thoroughly vetted and mitigated prior to the release of the activity. SMA is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Special Guests

Anuja Mehta, MD, is a board certified adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed her Undergraduate, Medical School and Residency training at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, Florida. She went to Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School to complete a fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Mehta has been with the UCF College of Medicine since 2016. She served as Assistant Clerkship Director for a year, followed by serving as the Clerkship Director of Psychiatry for another 18 months. She took over the leadership of UCF/HCA’s Greater Orlando Psychiatry Residency program in August 2019. She currently maintains her clinical practice at Nemours Children’s Hospital. She has authored peer-reviewed publications, a book chapter, and presented numerous posters and workshops on topics ranging from ADHD, childhood anxiety, narrative medicine, and promoting resilience and wellness.

Dr. Mehta is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, Florida Psychiatric Society, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training.

Lisa Spector, MD, is a certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Child Abuse Pediatrics, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and General Pediatrics. She is Division Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida and is a Professor of Pediatrics through University of Central Florida.

Shirin Hasan, MD, is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. Dr. Hasan has been board-certified in adult psychiatry and pediatrics. She completed her Undergraduate, Medical School and Residency Training in the Triple Board Program (Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) at the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington, Kentucky, where she also served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Hasan has worked in multiple clinical and leadership positions in a variety of clinical settings including Kaiser Permanente in Maryland, as a civilian physician with the United States Navy and Hope Haven Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida,where she was an integral part of the team that diagnosed and treated Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Hasan has been with the Nemours Children’s Health System since 2009. Dr. Hasan serves as a site director at Nemours for UCF Psychiatry Residency Program. She serves on the expert review board of, reviewing and writing numerous articles for parents, pediatric patients and educators on a wide range of psychiatric topics including ADHD, OCD, Anxiety and Tourette’s Disorder. She has authored peer reviewed publications and presented posters and conducted workshops on multiple topics including Psychopharmacological treatment of ADHD, Tourette’s, Mood Disorders, and ASD.

Dr. Hasan is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Christopher R. Morris, MD, FACR
Dr. Christopher Morris, SMA’s President (2020-2021), is a board certified rheumatologist with more than 25 years’ experience, and is in private practice in Kingsport, Tennessee at Arthritis Associates. Additionally, he has served as a clinical educator for internal medicine residents at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Virginia, and Johnston Memorial Hospital, in Abingdon, Virginia. Dr. Morris has served on 5 Committees for the American College of Rheumatology, currently serving on the Insurance Subcommittee of the ACR, which advocates for the specialty of Rheumatology, as well as-for the patients with arthritic diseases.

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