According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March 2018, parent-reported information from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) showed that one of six U.S. children aged 2 to 8 years had a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder. About one in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. This year’s conference will focus on research and clinical pearls related to autism spectrum disorders, though many of the resources shared will be applicable to patients presenting with a variety of developmental or behavioral problems:
- The ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) – can childhood experiences disguise themselves as disabilities?
- Functional behavior assessments (FBAs) and their application to Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and behavioral support planning
- Current research and implementation of evidence-based practices in applied settings in autism – an overview of local efforts
- Autism and its relation to Gastroenterology
- Transition planning for individuals with autism and disabilities
- Self-advocacy in autism – a discussion with national speaker, best-selling author, consultant and autism advocate Kerry Magro, EdD, CAS
Each lecture will include evidence-based treatments, support management and resource suggestions, with the goal of providing attendees the most current best practices and practical tips for caring for patients with autism spectrum disorder.
Related specialties: general pediatrics, behavioral health, gastroeneterology