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Understanding Autism - Doctor Radio Reports

  • Published: 2010-04-23 (Revised/Updated 2010-04-24) : Author: SIRIUS XM Radio
  • Synopsis: Doctor Radio brings together doctors experts and parents to explore autism spectrum disorders from medical social and practical perspectives.

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SIRIUS XM To Broadcast "Doctor Radio Reports: Understanding Autism"

Doctor Radio brings together doctors, experts, and parents to explore autism spectrum disorders from medical, social and practical perspectives

Tips, advice, and information for parents and families on diagnosis and treatment for developing kids, teens, adults on live, call-in show

SIRIUS XM Radio announced that it will broadcast Doctor Radio Reports: Understanding Autism, a two-hour live call-in Autism Awareness Month special hosted by veteran journalist Perri Peltz.

On Doctor Radio Reports: Understanding Autism, Peltz and a panel of world-class doctors, experts, and parents of affected children will explore autism and disorders on the autism spectrum from every angle including medical, social and practical break down the latest research and treatment options, and take calls from listeners around the country.

Doctor Radio Reports: Understanding Autism will air live April 23 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET on Doctor Radio, SIRIUS channel 114 and XM channel 119. It will replay April 23 at 8:00 pm ET, April 24 at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm ET and April 25 at 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET.

Peltz will be joined by an expert panel for this in-depth discussion, including:

Melissa Nishawala, MD, Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Center, Medical Director of Autism Spectrum Disorders Services at NYU Child Study Center

Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks, Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Randy Lewis, Senior Vice President, Distribution and Logistics, Walgreens, and father of a child with autism. Walgreens employs adults with autism at one of their distribution centers.

Kim DeOre, MD, Clinical Instructor of Internal Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, host of a weekly show on Doctor Radio, mother of two children, including one on the autism spectrum

Lori Evans, Ph.D., Director of Training at the NYU Langone Medical Center Psychology program, specialist in ADHD and Behavior Disorders, co-host of Doctor Radio's weekly child psychiatry and psychology show

Craig Newschaffer, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University. Shonda Schilling, wife of retired Boston Red Sox All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling, and author of The Best Kind of Different: Our Family's Journey with Asperger's Syndrome

Topics on Doctor Radio Reports: Understanding Autism include:

What is autism and what are the various disorders on the autism spectrum?

What is it? What are the signs?

How and when do they appear?

Who sees the signs first?

How is it diagnosed?

What are the various disorders on the autism spectrum?

Treatment and therapies:

What to do when your child is diagnosed

How to help your child cope at school and with learning issues

Verbal and social communication therapies

Tips for families:

How to deal with the stress autism can place on families

Tips for parents on dealing with children with autism and their siblings

Tips for siblings, cousins, and friends who interact with affected children

How to handle everyday situations and issues with your child who has autism

Autistic kids to autistic adults:

Prognosis for adults who have autism

Programs/therapies in place

In this segment, Walgreens' executive Randy Lewis, Senior Vice President, Distribution and Logistics, will discuss Walgreens' decision to employ adults with autism and other disabilities, and the company's distribution center where 40% of the staff have disabilities.

In addition, Randy Lewis will continue the conversation in an interview on Senator Bill Bradley's weekly SIRIUS XM show American Voices, sharing success stories about his employees who have autism and other disabilities, and his personal experiences as the father of a child with autism. American Voices airs Sunday at 2:00 am, 6:00 am, 7:00 am and 10:00 am ET on SIRIUS XM Stars, SIRIUS channel 102 and XM channel 155.

Doctor Radio features live, call-in shows hosted by leading NYU Langone Medical Center doctors from a vast array of fields including: child psychology; sexual health; plastic surgery; emergency room medicine; cancer; heart health; women's health; dermatology; pediatrics; men's health; diet and nutrition; sports medicine; psychiatry; and more. For sample audio clips and a complete programming lineup visit

About SIRIUS XM Radio

SIRIUS XM Radio is America's satellite radio company delivering to subscribers commercial-free music channels, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, and traffic and weather.

SIRIUS XM Radio has content relationships with an array of personalities and artists, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Opie & Anthony, Bubba the Love Sponge®, Bob Edwards, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Jimmy Buffett, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. SIRIUS XM Radio is the leader in sports programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball®, NASCAR®, NBA, NHL®, and PGA TOUR® and major college sports.

SIRIUS XM Radio has arrangements with every major automaker. SIRIUS XM Radio products are available at and, and at retail locations nationwide, including Best Buy, RadioShack, Wal-Mart and independent retailers.

SIRIUS XM Radio also offers SIRIUS Backseat TV, the first ever live in-vehicle rear seat entertainment featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network; XM NavTraffic® service for GPS navigation systems delivers real-time traffic information, including accidents and road construction, for more than 80 North American markets.

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