Autism

Airs Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m. April is autism awareness month. On Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, we will cover Autism Spectrum Disorder with host Shelley Visconte, licensed counselor; and guest host Dr. Pam McPherson, child and adolescent psychiatrist. They will be joined by psychologist Dr. Michelle Yetman, and microbiologist Dr. Alena Smith. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Stay Then Go / Used by permission

Aired Thursday, October 16 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett speaks with Meghan Hochstetler, Education Director for the Robinson Film Center and Shelli Ainsworth, the writer and director for “Stay Then Go,” a feature film about Autism which is part of the Centenary College Southern Circuit filmmaker tour. For more information about the screening visit online the Robinson Film Center or call (318) 459-4122. The Robinson Film center is located at 617 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101.

Airs Sunday, April 20 at 6 p.m.  Unable to speak until age four and diagnosed autistic in the 1950s, Temple Grandin went on to defy expectations, becoming a renowned author, activist and expert in humane livestock design.  Honing her ability to see and think differently, this self-described “anthropologist on Mars” has brought enlightenment to her field and a new understanding of autism to the world. David D’Arcy hosts this journey into a truly Independent Mind.

Airs Sunday, April 14 at 6 p.m In the 1990s autism rates around the US began to rise. Each year since then thousands of children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Now, these children are “aging out” of school-based special education programs. They are the first generation of adults with autism spectrum disorders to be diagnosed early enough to participate in these programs for most of their school years.