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Clinical Grand Rounds Lecture Series March 16, 2012, 12:00 pm

Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Clinical Grand Rounds Lecture Series

Moving from the “Virtual” to the “Real” World:  Facilitating the Transition to Adulthood in Asperger’s Disorder

Our Presenters:

Joseph Pierri, MD
Carla Mazefsky, PhD
Shaun Eack, PhD
Martin Lubetsky, MD

Young adults with Asperger’s Disorder face social and life challenges in their transition from high school to the adult world of employment or college and independent living.  Building the ‘map of the world’ to navigate adulthood requires much skill building, practice, coaching and support.  Often the passion of video gaming in the ‘virtual world’, to the exclusion of other activities, can be impairing, and the use of therapeutic interventions can help practice for ‘real world’ social interactions.  This Clinical Grand Rounds will focus on identifying these challenges, discussing psychiatric co-morbidity, describing cognitive and social interventions, and presenting the story of a young adult who is gaining skills through the Perspectives Program.

Presented by the Office of Clinical Affairs at WPIC

Special Accommodations: Please indicate any personal accommodations you may need for the conference, such as sign language interpreter, large print conference materials, Braille conference materials, wheelchair height tables, vegetarian meals, diabetic meals, accessible parking or other”   “Please call Ann Lauth at 412-246-6608 or email at  if you need any personal accommodations in order to participate.” 

Sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, the Office of Clinical Affairs, WPIC and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine