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Neurology. 2009 Sep 1;73(9):733-5. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181b59a45.

Child neurology: autism as a model: considerations for advanced training in behavioral child neurology.

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Children's Hospital, Boston, Department of Neurology, 300 Longwood Avenue, Fegan 11, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


In this article, we advocate for advanced training for child neurologists in behavior and development in order to facilitate the investigation of childhood behavioral and neurodevelopmental disabilities, with autism serving as a model disorder. We explore the current training options and then propose alternative subspecialty training options that focus on behavior and development, with appreciation that most developmental disabilities are not static encephalopathies but, rather, dynamic processes representing the influence of genetics and environment on neural circuitry.

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