Autism spectrum disorders topic of next community presentation

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Featuring Dr. Iris Silverstein lead physician at Evergreen Behavioral Service’s Child Development Center

FARMINGTON – Registrations are now being accepted for the April “Prescriptions for Health” presentation featuring Dr. Iris Silverstein. The presentation is part of Franklin Memorial Hospital’s monthly community health information series that is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, April 8, Dr. Iris Silverstein, a pediatrician who is board-certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics with additional board certification in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, will speak on autism spectrum disorders. The event will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Chisholm Room.

Dr. Silverstein is the lead physician at Evergreen Behavioral Service’s Child Development Center, which provides therapeutic evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents with developmental disorders. The Center opened in 2008 and is one of only three such centers in Maine.

“Autism spectrum disorders are thought to affect 1 in 150 children. It is likely that most of us will be acquainted with a child with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome,” said Dr. Silverstein. “This session will describe the unique developmental challenges of persons with autism-spectrum disorders, and also discuss the types of interventions that can help children and adolescents with autism.”

Registration for the presentation is required, as space is limited. For more information or to register call Jodi Cordes at 779-2592 or 1-800-398-6031, ext. 2592. Light refreshments will be available, as well as child care tothose who request it in advance.

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