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8th Annual ABC Conference

“Lives in the Balance: Caring for Children with Special Needs, Their Families, Their Communities, And Ourselves in These Precarious Times”

Friday, November 17, 2017

Moraine Business and Conference Center (Building M)
9000 W College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465
8:00 am-4:00 pm

ABOUT THE 8th ANNUAL ABC CONFERENCE

Despite rhetoric at the federal level, Illinois’ struggles are a reality that will not end in the foreseeable future. Illinois had been without a state budget for over two years. Vital organizations that serve our children, families, and communities have either scaled services back dramatically or have disappeared. Yet the basic needs for attention to health for children with special needs, their families, and the communities in which they live are still very visible. From the perspective of a statewide organization, the uncertainty we have been living with here in Illinois has contributed trauma and toxic stress for so long, many of us are stunned, frustrated, and angry. While we may be in a unique position to help, we are also vulnerable to the stress and challenges of working with children with special needs who suffer their own psychological and physical realities. We endure compassion fatigue—the cost of caring.

All of these factors impact the physical, mental, and behavioral health of children and families.  They also impact our ability, as those who serve the community, to be empathetic and emotionally effective in our work. Therefore, there is a greater need for sharing tools and supports that enable providers to recognize and address some new truths about the realities of health from children’s social, economic, physical, and educational environments.

The 8th Annual ABC Conference will deliver valuable information about navigating the current realities of service delivery, advocating for those we serve, and professional self-care, family self-care, and community self-care in order to enable providers across many disciplines to recognize and address these realities when caring for children and families with special healthcare needs, including those impacted by trauma and adverse childhood experiences.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of the conference, participants will be better able to:

1. Recognize signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue in providers and families, which informs the context of working with families and systems.

2. Learn about what it means to incorporate a trauma-informed approach across many systems serving children and families with special health care needs.

3. Employ a trauma-informed and interprofessional approach when serving children and families with special health care needs.

4. Integrate care coordination protocols when serving children and families with special health care needs that are specific to a community’s economic and social conditions

TARGET AUDIENCE

The target audience for the ABC conference includes primary care providers and their teams, including pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and allied health care professionals including nurses, therapists, and social workers. In addition, providers from other settings including (early) care and education, special education, home visiting, community service providers, legal aid, and more are encouraged to attend. The conference will offer ample opportunity for attendees to network with like-hearted and like-minded professionals from multiple child-serving systems that have a stake in the lives of children with special needs, including those that have been impacted by trauma.

CONFERENCE REMINDERS

Continuing Education

You must complete an online evaluation to receive continuing education for this conference. All attendees will receive a link to the online session evaluations following the conference. Additional paperwork is required for the following:

*Illinois Education Association
*Gateways to Opportunity

If you have any questions about continuing education, please contact Tom Bradach at tbradach@illinoisaap.com or 312/733-1026 x 218.

Evaluations

All attendees will receive a link to the online session evaluations following the conference. We ask that all participants complete an evaluation for each session attended, as well as for the overall conference. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and vital in the planning of future conferences. If you are requesting continuing education, you must complete your evaluations in order to receive a letter of completion.

CONFERENCE BROCHURE

PARTICIPATING EXHIBITORS

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KEYNOTE SESSIONS

MORNING

 Navigating the Eye of the Storm: Using Trauma-Informed Principles to Build Resilience
Erica Smith, MPH
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Presentation Slides (Printable PDF)

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

NOON

Advocacy: Everything is Impossible, Until It’s Not
Eddie Pont, MD, FAAP
DuPage Medical Group/Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Presentation Slides (Printable PDF)

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

AFTERNOON

 Caring Too Hard: Refueling When You Are Spent
William Gordon, DMin, MDiv
Rosalind Franklin University

Presentation Slides (Printable PDF)

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

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Breakout Session 1

AUTISM TRACK

What Professionals Say, What Parents Hear
Barbara Cohen, MA, MAT
Special Family Support

Presentation Slides (Printable PDF)

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

BEHAVIOR TRACK

Children Don’t Immigrate, They Flee
Minal Giri, MD, FAAP
Melrose Park Pediatrics

Presentation Slides (Printable PDF)

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

Handout: Resources for Families and For Us (PDF)

COMPLEX MEDICAL NEEDS TRACK

 When Our Families Are Stressed, So Are We: How a Primary Care Medical Home Works to Decrease Stress in Our Families and Our Team
Edith Chernoff, MD, FAAP, DACMG & Pam Northrop, LCSW
La Rabida Children’s Hospital

Presentation Slides (Printable PDF)

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

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Breakout Session 2

AUTISM TRACK

Instilling a Trauma-Informed Lens in Early Intervention: A Journey of Training, Reflection, and Connection
Carole Graybill, AM, LCSW
National Child Traumatic Stress Network, National Child Parent Psychotherapy

Presentation Slides (Printable PDF)

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

BEHAVIOR TRACK

Ensuring Optimal Assessment and Treatment for Children Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma
Gwendolyn Messer, MD, FAAP
Children’s Research Triangle

Presentation Slides (Printable PDF)

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

COMPLEX MEDICAL NEEDS TRACK

Oral Health Considerations for the Child with Medical Complexities
Robert Rada, DDS, MBA
University of Illinois College of Dentistry

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

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Breakout Session 3

AUTISM TRACK

Clinical Diagnosis of Autism: Are We Over Diagnosing?
Pamela Campbell, MD
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Presentation Slides (Printable PDF)

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

BEHAVIOR TRACK

 School Nurse = Care Coordination
Linda J. Gibbons, MSN, RN, IL PEL/NCSN
Lewis University College of Nursing/IL Association of School Nurses
Catherine Yonkaitis, DNP, RN, NCSN
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing/IL Association of School Nurses

Presentation Slides (Printable PDF)

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

Handout: HIPAA-compliant consent form

Handout: Return to school

COMPLEX MEDICAL NEEDS TRACK

Reach for the Stars: Maximizing Health and Ability for Adolescents and Young Adults with Chronic Health Conditions
Kamala Gullapalli Cotts, MD
University of Chicago
Jessica Gold, MD, PhD
University of Chicago
Gina Jones, BSN, RN
Parent liaison
Parag Shah, MD, FAAP
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Presentation Slides (Printable PDF)

Presentation Slides (Full Page)

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For more information about the ABC Conferences, please contact:

Elise Groenewegen
Manager, Child Development Initiatives
1400 W Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext. 204
Fax: 312/733-1791
egroenewegen@illinoisaap.com