The Importance of Differential
Diagnosis in Autism:
One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Join a discussion hosted by Catalight and Behavioral Health Business that explores the growing rates of autism spectrum disorder, the need to offer clients a differential diagnosis and impacts on personalized care for people with ASD.

Engage with our panel of experts, featuring Catalight’s Chief Clinical Officer Doreen Samelson, EdD, MSCP, and Stephen Kanne, PhD, director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain in New York.

Gain insights into the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnostic process, how it is evolving and what that means for clients and providers. Participants will hear why high-quality care for intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs) requires a differential diagnosis and what is behind the shift for greater analysis.

Key takeaways include:

  • What’s driving the soaring rates of autism
  • Why a differential diagnosis is vital in ASD and I/DD treatment
  • Why an incorrect or incomplete diagnosis is costly
  • How a differential diagnosis can lead to better care

Speaker Information

Picture of Doreen Samelson
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One Size Doesn’t Fit All


March 6, 2024


11:00 am-12:00 pm PT


About Catalight

Catalight breaks down barriers and biases to create a more equitable world so people with developmental disabilities can choose their path. Catalight provides access to innovative, individualized care services, clinical research and advocacy. Through the work of affiliate partners, Easterseals Hawaii and Easterseals Northern California, Catalight and its family of companies support people with developmental disabilities and their families across their journey to care. 

The Catalight family of companies is one of the largest behavioral health networks in the nation with more than 14,000 practitioners serving 17,000 clients and families every day. Backed by more than a decade of experience and a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, we are reimagining the way people with developmental disabilities and their families experience healthcare. Our goal is to ensure that individuals and families receive timely access to evidence-based treatment, including naturalistic developmental and language-based services, applied behavior analysis, occupational therapy and speech therapy. 

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