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Conference aims to bridge the gap between doctors, parents with autistic children

Early next month, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital will convene a group of experts to share with the community the latest developments in autism research and therapies. The hospital announced late yesterday its line-up for the annual symposium, which was designed to educate parents, caregivers, teachers and pediatricians about the disorder.

As outlined in a release, this year's program - called Bridging the Gap - puts the focus on parent-doctor relationships:

"We hope parents will leave the symposium with new approaches for how to ask doctors and scientists for the information they really need," said Carl Feinstein, MD, director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Packard Children’s and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. "Doctors may know a lot about autism, but they may not always know all of the parents' concerns, or what their specific questions are. We want to help bridge that gap."

Registration information and a detailed agenda can be found on the hospital's website.

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