Part of its monthly “Let’s Talk Mental Health” series, the interactive session is being held to commemorate National Autism Awareness Month. 

With five major types, autism is a highly variable — and highly misunderstood — disorder. According to the CDC, one in 44 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, which may range in severity through behavioral, developmental, cognitive and psychological symptoms.

Common symptoms include delayed language and movement skills, unusual eating and sleeping habits, inattentive behavior and unusual emotional reactions. In addition to medications and therapies for managing autism, those with autism may require treatment for further conditions. Individuals with autism are at an increased risk for some mental health conditions, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness. 

As part of its commitment to helping break the stigma surrounding mental health issues and bring education to communities most impacted by mental health issues, South Texas Health System Behavioral is partnering with Region One’s Autism Spectrum Disorders program to host a special online seminar on understanding autism — from the importance of early diagnosis to how to create a more inclusive society, and more. 

Who:South Texas Health System Behavioral
What:Understanding Autism FREE virtual seminar
When:Tuesday, April 19, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Where:Online via Zoom. Pre-registration recommended, not required.
Zoom Meeting ID: 950 0674 0507Passcode: 845947

About South Texas Health System
South Texas Health System is a multi-facility healthcare system serving patients throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The system includes four acute care facility campuses with specialties in pediatrics, heart and vascular services, maternity and women’s health and trauma services. Inpatient and outpatient treatment for behavioral health needs and addictive disorders is also provided through the system’s South Texas Health System Behavioral facility. South Texas Health System is affiliated with the South Texas Clinical Partners ACO, Prominence Health Plan, and Cornerstone Regional Hospital. The system operates an advanced Level II Trauma Center at South Texas Health System McAllen, the first and only freestanding children’s facility and pediatric ER at South Texas Health System Children’s, the region’s only freestanding heart hospital and specialized cardiac ER at South Texas Health System Heart, and six freestanding emergency rooms located in and around Weslaco, Mission, Edinburg, McAllen and Alamo. For more information about the system and its comprehensive services, please visit

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