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Psychology Department Sponsors Public Autism Forum

Released: 11/17/2009

The Department of Psychology at LSU Alexandria will sponsor a free public seminar on autism at noon Nov. 25 in the Coughlin Hall auditorium on campus. The sixth annual LSUA Thanksgiving Psychology Forum features Dr. Nicole Lanclos, a licensed clinical psychologist.

Lanclos, who has a local private practice and has taught psychology classes at LSUA, will discuss the disorder, diagnosis and reality of autism. She also is a member of the board of directors of Speak Center of Louisiana, a non-profit outpatient clinic for children with autism. A parent of a child with autism also will speak.

Autism is present in an estimated one in 150 children. The disorder is much more common in males, who have a one in 94 affliction ratio.

A light lunch will be served at the hour-long seminar, which annually features topics relevant to psychology students and the community.