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Exploring Autism, This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs Sunday, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m. on WFYI, 90.1FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website.

Dairy-free diet. Host Barbara Lewis will speak with Laura and Mike Williamson, the parents of a child with severe autism. The Williamsons tell the story of their son, Philip, whose symptoms improved with a dairy-free nutritional regimen.

Group therapy for autistic children. The Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University recently completed a major study involving very young children diagnosed with autism. Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., will talk with the study’s lead author, Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., who will discuss the research project, which involves an inexpensive group treatment that’s produced encouraging results.

Teaching autistic kids. Sound Medicine reporter Sandy Roob will visit a classroom for autistic children where clinicians and teachers develop teaching strategies for different levels of ability. The project is a collaborative effort between the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center, which is affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis, and the city’s public schools.

Training teachers to work with autistics. The Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center runs a program called “HANDS in Autism,” where HANDS stands for Helping Answer Needs by Developing Specialists in Autism. Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., will meet with program director, Naomi Sweazy, Ph.D., to discuss how the HANDS program trains people in schools to work with autistic kids.

In addition, Barbara Lewis will chat with Kathy Oehler, an autism consultant for a suburban Indianapolis school system. Oehler will provide insights for parents who are preparing to enroll their autistic child in kindergarten and elementary school.

For more information on this show or archived editions, check the Sound Medicine website.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM). Sound Medicine is underwritten by Indiana University Health Physicians, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Did you Know is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

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