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The New Way of Understanding Autism & Social Behaviour with Dr. Suzanne Goh

Suzanne Goh, MD, BCBA, is cofounder and chief medical officer of Cortica, the largest provider of comprehensive health services for autism in the United States. Cortica began in Goh’s one-room medical office in San Diego ten years ago and has grown to a staff of more than a thousand doctors and therapists who serve tens of thousands of autistic children and their families in the United States and abroad. A graduate of Harvard University, Oxford University, and Harvard Medical School, she is former codirector of Columbia University’s Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, where she conducted research on the biological causes of autism and used brain imaging to identify patterns of neural circuitry and brain chemistry. Goh is currently a faculty member of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs and is a frequent speaker for parent advocacy organizations. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and two children.

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How has the diagnosis, treatment, and understanding of autism changed?

In the United States, an estimated one in thirty-six children has been diagnosed with autism. But missing those early signs is one of the biggest challenges parents face. Even though there is a lot of new research, many parents find that once their child is diagnosed, they’re still navigating the complex terrain of autism without a map.

Our guest today, Dr. Suzanne Goh, is a pediatric neurologist who has spent decades working with autism. Dr. Goh’s research led her to develop an innovative, whole-child approach to treating autistic children. She is also the author of Magnificent Minds: The New Whole Child Approach to Autism.

While autism can present its own challenges, it doesn’t have to close more doors than it opens. In fact, with the right approach and understanding, it’s possible to unlock your child’s remarkable potential. Listen in as Dr. Goh shares some of the technology and research that has changed how we diagnose, treat, and understand autism today.

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**This week’s show notes are taken from the video — enjoy!**

  • This is one of the biggest misconceptions about autism. [2:42]
  • Dr. Goh’s journey towards writing her book began here. [4:38]
  • Helping someone learn how to adjust to learning new skills starts with these six domains of brain development. [6:57]
  • We have to start with understanding this. [8:12]
  • Going methodically through each of these domains helps you understand how to approach, interact, and treat an autistic child. [9:54]
  • This is one very common challenge in diagnosing early autism. [11:22]
  • It’s important to recognize how this impacts brain health. [13:44]
  • This is one of the most exciting technologies influencing the diagnosis and treatment of autism. [16:35]
  • As technology develops, the use of these types of treatments becomes more promising. [18:51]
  • These stories demonstrate what is possible at different ages with treatment. [20:42]
  • Take a screenshot, tag us (@jimkwik & @drsuzannegoh), and share your biggest takeaway from this episode.
  • If you want to learn more about Dr. Goh and her clinic, visit her website, here.
  • Don’t forget to grab a copy of Magnificent Minds, here.

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