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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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 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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Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center responds to Penn State Sexual Abuse Incident

Posted on: November 10, 2011

The revelations of child sexual abuse by Penn State’s Assistant Football Coach, Jerry Sandusky, are terrible and heartbreaking.  As shocking as this case is, it is not uncommon. The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center responds to every report of child sexual abuse in the city of Chicago.  Each year, this amounts to over 2,000 reports. Just like the victims in this case, over 80% of the children know their abuser.

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Health Care Reform and Children with Special Health Care Needs: Workshop

Posted on: October 3, 2011

The Arc of Illinois and Family Voices of Illinois are hosting a training for families and providers on Health Care Reform and Children with Special Health Care Needs. The event will occur on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at Shriner’s Hospital. Follow the links to view the brochure or to register.

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Providers Who Serve on COCWD

Posted on: August 4, 2011

The following material describes different fields that COCWD members work in. It answers questions regarding Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians, Pediatric Neurologists, Pediatric Geneticists, Pediatric Rehabilitation Doctors, Pediatric Physical Therapists, Pediatric Occupational Therapists, and Pediatric Speech Therapists. Our members come from a wide range of health care and advocacy positions for children. This material was adapted from the following sources:

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