Okay, pretty much got my to-do list done. Waiting on my coworkers to pick us up lunch and then we drive off for the conference. I’m super excited for a lot of the stuff there… The poster I’m on deals with anxiety in adolescents in autism. Previous prevalent thought has been like anxiety is just a symptom of autism, bummer dude, but our research is working on showing both the ways that anxiety may present in non-traditional ways in autism (so finding better ways of detecting it, particularly in non-verbal kids) and also ideally that it is an independent factor that has higher rates in ASD but hey you can actually treat the anxiety and autistic kids don’t just have to live with crazy levels of anxiety. (This sounds very common sense and basic but it’s actually relatively novel and our study is one of the largest sample sizes to be able to actually have enough kids to separate out different TYPES of non-traditional anxiety too.)
I’m also super excited for several posters I want to go see and a panel on ASD and sexuality because obviously.
Also all expense paid trip to San Francisco for 4 days so that too.