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This week’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from psychiatrist Jessica Hellings, MD, and psychologist Andrea Witwer, PhD, program directors at Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center, which is part of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

“I read about BrainNet and your new push to increase postmortem brain donations. Why? What has brain tissue research done for the autism community?”

This week’s “Got Questions?” response is from Autism Speaks Senior Director for Environmental and Clinical Sciences Alycia Halladay.

“We heard autism educator Peter Gerhardt talk about how important table manners are for social acceptance. Our 17 year old has come a long way in other aspects of his social life. But he still grabs food almost before it’s served, stuffs his mouth and generally makes a mess when eating. How can we help him learn to eat in a socially acceptable way?”
 

“Can you explain the new DSM-5 category of Social Communication Disorder? Who would receive this diagnosis, and what therapies would help?”

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer is by child psychologist Lauren Elder, Autism Speaks assistant director for dissemination science