Karin Vander Ploeg Booth, MD, FAAP

Posted on: March 13, 2015

Dr. Vander Ploeg Booth is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) at the University of Chicago, as well as the DBP Fellowship Program director.  Her clinical practice involves seeing children with a variety of developmental and behavioral concerns both at the University of Chicago and the Erikson Institute Center for Children and Families.  A major focus of her career has been medical education of students, residents, fellows, interdisciplinary practitioners, and primary care providers about issues and topics within the field of DBP.  She is involved in a number of advocacy efforts on behalf of children with disabilities and their families within the Chicagoland area and the state of Illinois.

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Janet Patterson, MD, FAAP

Posted on: March 13, 2015

Dr. Janet Patterson is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Section of Child Development at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. She completed her Developmental Behavioral Fellowship at The University of Chicago in 2013 after many years as a general pediatrician. She has previously served in Academic Pediatrics and as Pediatric Residency Program Director at the SIU School of Medicine, and as the Medical Director of a Federally Qualified Community Health Center.

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2014-2015 AAP National Committee Member Appointments

Posted on: October 31, 2013

The AAP Board of Directors is soliciting nominations to fill 21 AAP national committee member vacancies for terms beginning July 1, 2014, as follows:

  • Child Abuse and Neglect (2)
  • Child Health Financing (3)
  • Coding and Nomenclature
  • Development (Districts VI and X) (2)
  • Federal Government Affairs

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Illinois Safe Home Coalition Generates Awareness Campaign on Dangers of Furniture Tip-Over Accidents

Posted on: February 11, 2013

Through the Illinois Safe Home Coalition, Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued an alert about the risks associated with unsecured furniture and appliances for children. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has called for two recent nationwide recalls of dressers made by Bexco and Gemme Juvenile based on tip-over accidents that occur when children have climbed on the dressers. Based on the risk of injury and death for children who climb on unsecure furtniture (dressers, bookcases, televisions), the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has created guidelines for securing furniture and promoting home safety.

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2012 ABC Conference Announces Full Agenda and CME

Posted on: September 12, 2012

The 2012 3rd Annual ABC Conference, “A Trauma-Informed Approach to Caring for Children and Families with Complex Needs,” occurring November 16, 2012 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, has been approved for 7 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s)™. Speakers include leaders in research, advocacy, and medicine. For the conference brochure, including the agenda and registration information, click here.

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ICAAP Election Results

Posted on: July 11, 2012

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is led by a dedicated group of pediatricians who volunteer their service to improve pediatric care in Illinois.  ICAAP leadership includes five chapter officers, six elected members, and one appointed executive committee member representing an academic medical center.  These 12 members are called the Executive Committee and they serve as the ICAAP board of directors.

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ICAAP provides testimony on Early Intervention revised policy recommendations

Posted on: June 12, 2012

Pursuant to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended in 2004, the Illinois Department of Human Services requested comments on revised policy to bring the Illinois Early Intervention Program into compliance with Part C federal regulations. Part C of IDEA addresses services for children birth to 3 years of age with developmental disabilities or delays and their families.

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New CDC Estimates of Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Released

Posted on: April 30, 2012

On March 30, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new autism spectrum disorder prevalence estimates based on 2008 surveillance data from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM). The data indicate that approximately 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, up from the previous estimate of 1 in 110 children.

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Open Forum Report on Natural Environments

Posted on: April 20, 2012

In October and December 2011, ICAAP held open forums in several regions in Illinois where providers, community service organizations, and families were able to discuss the meaning and impact of natural environment as currently defined in the Illinois Early Intervention program. A great deal of feedback was received about how stakeholder experiences with the Illinois Early Intervention program can be strengthened.  The final report synthesizing the findings from across these forums is now available and has been distributed to those who participated as well as widely disseminated to stakeholder groups.  To read the entire report, click here.

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2011 ABC Conference Presentations and Handouts

Posted on: November 19, 2011

Thanks to all of the presenters who made the 2011 ABC Conference a success! Attendees gained new skills to address Autism, Behavioral, and Complex Needs in their practices. Follow the links on the agenda below to view materials from speakers.

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