4222.0 Autism

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 12:30 PM
The increasing incidence of children identified and diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) poses a major challenge to state maternal and child health (MCH) programs as they try to meet diverse and often complex needs of these children. One of these challenges is understanding the nature of these disorders and their prevalence in population sub-groups. In addition to presenting state data, this session will explore how to respond to the increasing number of children diagnosed with an ASD. An approach to developing collaborations among multiple agencies is discussed as is development of a state action plan. The former includes the Act Early Initiative model. The latter involves policy framework that includes comprehensive roles for MCH programs along with best practices, data on state activities, and tools for state assessment.
Session Objectives: 1 - Describe Autism Spectrum Disorders and possible racial differences in core symptoms and associated behavioral features 2 – Describe the components of a state action plan to establish a system of care for children and youth with ASDs 3 - List “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” collaboration strategies that promote screening and early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities 4. Identify key factors that produce effective collaboration among multi-sector stakeholders
Ann M. Dozier, RN, PhD and Michael D. Kogan, PhD

1:10 PM
Act early initiative: A public health approach to early identification of young children with autism and other developmental disabilities
Cheryl Rhodes, MS, LMFT, Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, David Rotholz, PhD, BCBA and Adriane K. Griffen, MPH, CHES

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Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: Mental Health, School Health Education and Services

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)