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Come to the Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs (ABC) South Conference

Tyler Wolpert
3/10/2015  3:15 pm

On Friday, May 15th, the 1st annual Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs (ABC) South Conference—A Trauma-Informed, Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children With Special Needs—is being held at the Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon, Illinois. This conference is jointly provided by the Illinois Chapter of the AAP (ICAAP) and SIU School of Medicine, and is co-sponsored by ICAAP, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) and The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP).

The conference will emphasize evidence-based strategies to address the struggles providers encounter related to autism, behavioral challenges, and complex medical needs. This will be the first ABC conference to adopt a trauma-informed lens, and focus on the pervasive effects of trauma as they relate to all disciplines serving children and their families, especially children with special needs. Trauma is a widespread public health issue whose implications are not limited to the behavioral health sector. Thus, this conference emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to most effectively serve people who have experienced trauma.

Come join pediatricians, family physicians, healthcare professionals and community service providers—including home visitors, child care providers, early intervention professionals, social workers, and family case management—for a day of excellent educational content and networking with colleagues throughout the state. Throughout the day, three educational tracks (A, B, and C) will run concurrently in important breakout sessions. In addition ICAAP is pleased to announce that participants will gain valuable insights from three keynote speakers—Juanona Brewster, American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Chapter; Mary Dobbins, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine; William Gordon, DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education.

For more information and to register for the event, please go to http://illinoisaap.org/projects/abc/. Early bird registration is available until March 31st.