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Differential Diagnosis for ASD & DLD

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Autism and DLD? In this episode of The Talking DLD Podcast we’re talking with special guest Professor Andrew Whitehouse, the Angela Wright Bennett Professor of Autism Research at Telethon Kids and University of Western Australia.

Professor Whitehouse was also a member of the CATALISE consortium that recommended the use of the term Developmental Language Disorder or DLD.

About Professor Andrew Whitehouse

Professor Andrew Whitehouse is Chief Research Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) and Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University. He has also been awarded Australia’s most prestigious scientific award, the Eureka Prize.

At the Telethon Kids Institute he leads a large team that use a wide range of methodologies to investigate the early identification and intervention of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions, including molecular genetics, neuroscience, endocrinology, behavioural experiments and clinical trials. Andrew has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and attracted over $35 million in competitive research grants. 

He currently presents an internationally syndicated video series called ’60 Second Science”, which has been viewed by over 1 million people. He is an advisor to State and Commonwealth Governments on policies relating to children with Autism Spectrum Conditions, and he chaired the committee that generated Australia’s first national guideline for autism diagnosis.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Julia

    I’ve just listened to this podcast and plan to action some points from it when I go back into school tomorrow. It will make a difference to one of my families almost immediately as i have a new approach to take to get the right support for their young person.

  2. Alison

    Hi, There was a research article mentioned about sensory differences in DLD and ASD. Where can I find this article please?

    1. Elizabeth Rajan

      Hi, There was a research article mentioned about sensory differences in DLD and ASD. Where can I find this article please?

  3. Kerry

    Hi Shaun, I just wanted to leave a message to say how much I enjoyed this podcast and how wonderfully informative it was. I have a 13 year old son with a DLD diagnosis who has just been referred for an autism assessment and after scouring Google (as you do) this podcast popped up. I especially love the way you were advocating looking at the whole child and family not just focussing on getting that diagnosis. So glad I’ve found you guys – I’ll be listening to lots more.

    1. Shaun Ziegenfusz

      Hi Kerry, thank you for taking the time to let me know! I’m so pleased it was helpful 🙂

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