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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted by Joanne Durfee, Health Link Producer on

Autism Spectrum Disorders Autism, the developmental disability that causes difficulty with communication and social interaction, is on the rise. One out of every 88 children in the United States is believed to have autism or a related disorder. That's a 78% increase compared to a decade ago. On this episode of Health Link we examine what's behind the numbers, the latest in treatment and how families cope when the diagnosis is autism.


Kristin V. Christodulu, PhD
Kristin V. Christodulu Director of The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Albany.  Dr.  Christodulu has extensive teaching, research, and clinical experience in the area of autism and related disabilities, with specific training in research-based practice. She is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University at Albany - State University of New York, and Coordinator of the New York State Regional Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Gina Cosgrove, PsyD
Dr. Gina Cosgrove specializes in conducting evaluations for children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and is a Consultant for local school districts.  Dr. Cosgrove conducts trainings for educators and families regarding how to meet the educational and social needs of individuals on the Autism Spectrum. She teaches a graduate course in Development at the University at Albany and practices at Campbell House Psychological Associates in Schenectady.

Eileen Riley-Hall
Eileen Riley-Hall is the mother of two teenage girls, one with Asperger Syndrome and the other with Autism. She is a high school English teacher at an inclusive public school in New York State and has worked with special needs students from preschool through to high school, in various settings, for over 25 years.  She is the author of the book, 'Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts.”'

Susan V. DeLuke, PhD
Dr. Susan DeLuke is an Associate Professor of Special Education at The College of St. Rose. Dr. Deluke’s works with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and the professionals who educate them.  She is the founder of the Friday Knights Recreation and Family Support Program. Click here to learn more about the Friday Knights Recreation and Family Support Program at The College at St. Rose.

Related Resources

Local Resources
Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, New York

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

National Resources
Autism Society of America

Autism Speaks

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Organization for Autism Research
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

National Institute for Mental Health

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)conducts and supports research on brain and nervous system disorders.

• The Center for Disabilities Servicesseeks to enable and empower people, primarily those with disabilities, to live healthy and enriched lives.

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