Parental Stress in Families of Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities


April 26, 2017 by: Maria Valicenti-McDermott, MD, MS
Katharine Lawson, PhD
Kathryn Hottinger, BA
Rosa Seijo, MD
Merryl Schechtman, MD
Lisa Shulman, MD
Shlomo Shinnar, MD, PhD
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Autism Spectrum Disorders can be defined by two core features: 1) persistent deficits in social communication and interaction across different situations and 2) restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Besides these core features, children with autism often have other behavioral difficulties (sometimes called comorbid symptoms) that interfere with their daily living. A child…

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Maria del Rosario Valicenti-McDermott MD MS has studied medicine and pediatrics in Argentina. She completed a fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics and Master of Science at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, where she remains, as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore Medical Center. She has a special interest in autism, developmental disabilities and bilingualism. Katharine Lawson PhD is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, New York.  She is the psychologist for the school age unit, and director of the school age psychoeducational treatment program.  She has a special interest in autism, learning disabilities and their treatment.Kathryn Hottinger, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC. She is a graduate of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York. Merryl Schechtman MD has been practicing developmental and behavioral pediatrics for 26 years, 18 of them at the Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, Bronx, New York. She is currently practicing at Boston Children's Physicians of Westchester in Valhalla, New York. She has a special interest in the treatment of autism and other developmental problems in children.Rosa Seijo MD is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. Her areas of interest include early identification of autism and psychopharmacological treatment.Lisa Shulman MD is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Associate Professor Pediatrics and Director of Infant and Toddler Services  and the RELATE program for early identification and treatment of autism at the Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. The program provides diagnostic and treatment services to 1600 children with autism and their families from diverse backgrounds.Shlomo Shinnar, MD, PhD, is Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Population Health, Hyman Climenko Professor of Neuroscience Research, and Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Management Center at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Shinnar is well known for his research on a variety of topics relating to childhood seizures as well as studies of children with developmental disabilities and autism.

Maria Valicenti-McDermott

Maria Valicenti-McDermott, MD, MS

Katharine Lawson

Katharine Lawson, PhD

Kathryn Hottinger

Kathryn Hottinger, BA

Rosa Seijo

Rosa Seijo, MD

Merryl Schechtman

Merryl Schechtman, MD

Lisa Shulman

Lisa Shulman, MD

Shlomo Shinnar

Shlomo Shinnar, MD, PhD