In this factual talk, geneticist Wendy Chung shares what we know about autism spectrum disorder — for example, that autism has multiple, perhaps interlocking, causes. Looking beyond the worry and concern that can surround a diagnosis, Chung and her team look at what we’ve learned through studies, treatments and careful listening. (from official Ted web site)

Who is she?:

At the Simons Foundation, Wendy Chung is working to characterize behavior, brain structure and function in people with genetic variations that may relate to autism.(Op cite)

Why you should view:

She separates fact from fiction in the understanding of this complex and all too prevalent spectrum disorder.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Compare and contrast the challenges faced by Justin and Gabriel.
  2. What was the result of the new definition for autism?
  3. What does Chung say about the relationship between vaccines and autism?
  4. What evidence does she present that supports a genetic basis for autism?
  5. Describe her research at the Simons Foundation.
  6. What conclusions can be drawn from her research? What is yet to be discovered?

Making Connections:

Scientists narrow down the startling risk factors that can cause autism CNBC reports.

Autism: What We Know, and What we Don’t Know Yet with Wendy Chung


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