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Educational Webinar – Medically Complex Pediatrics and Autism Spectrum Disorder

August 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join CT-AAP for an Educational Webinar, sponsored by Hospital for Special Care, August 19, 2021, from 12-1 pm.

The webinar will feature presentations on Medically Complex Pediatrics (Kirin Noelle Suri, MD, MPH, speaker) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Hassan M. Minhas, MD, speaker).

Medically Complex Pediatrics

Young children who are raised in institutions and those who experience extreme social neglect can develop aberrant social behaviors that may result from an attachment disorder. This presentation will broadly explore attachment theory and attachment disorders and will review implications for clinical practice.

Speaker –  Kirin Noelle Suri, MD, MPH –  Dr. Kirin Suri serves as Chief of Pediatrics at Hospital for Special Care.  She is also a graduate of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, an interdisciplinary leadership training program funded by the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health.  Her diverse clinical experiences led her to the only long term acute care treatment resource for children and adolescents in Connecticut.  The pediatric unit at Hospital for Special Care is one of only two resources in the country for children requiring this level of care. In addition to complex pediatric care, Dr. Suri’s possesses a strong interest in clinical research and has been a principle investigator on a funded grant proposal seeking to clarify the role of audiovisual integration and mother-infant communication as early markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children under one year of age.


Autism Spectrum Disorder

The session features an overview of the behaviors, communication challenges, and critical care requirements of children impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder in today’s health care system including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on care, stability in the community and family functioning. The session will explore the need for interdisciplinary care during inpatient stays as well as in the community upon discharge.

Speaker –  Hassan Minhas, MD – Dr. Hassan Minhas serves as the Chief of Autism Services at Hospital for Special Care. He graduated with an MD from Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan, and completed residency in psychiatry and fellowship in pediatric psychiatry at Brown University, and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Yale. Dr. Minhas provides leadership for Hospital for Special Care’s nationally-recognized continuum of services for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which includes Connecticut’s only ASD specific inpatient and partial hospital programs.  Dr. Minhas also leads the hospital’s participation in the Autism Speaks Autism Learning Health Network, a national forum with medical universities and research partners to advance clinical practice in the Autism field.




August 19, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm