ABC Conference

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Registration for the 5th Annual ABC (Autism, Behavior Complex Medical Needs) Conference, “Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs,” to be held Friday, November 21, 2014 at Moraine Business and Conference Center in Palos Hills is now open! The ABC Conference is a statewide conference that focuses on evidence-based and concrete strategies to address the struggles primary care providers and other professionals encounter related to Autism, Behavioral Challenges, and Complex Medical Needs (ABC).

This year the conference will focus on bringing together providers from primary care, specialty care, nursing, allied health fields, home visiting, child care and early education, Early Intervention, special education, and other fields. Participants will learn about the broad landscape of services and programs that are available to support children with special needs from birth through childhood, and will develop skills to make effective referrals and partner with other agencies and systems. Three educational tracks (A, B, and C) will run concurrently throughout the day in breakout sessions, in addition to three keynote presentations. Each track will feature sessions that converge with different systems, developmental services, medical interventions, and innovative partnerships that can benefit children served across interprofessional groups.

The 5th Annual ABC Conference keynote speakers are:

- Mark Butterly, MD, FAAP, Advocate Christ Medical Center Program, Advocate Children’s Hospital Oak Lawn
- Julie Doetsch, MA, Bureau of Quality Management, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
- William Gordon, DMin, DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Participants will acquire knowledge of care coordination for children with complex needs and gain a better understanding of working with child care, schools, home visitors, and others in order to support families and access services.

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PURPOSE OF THE EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY

Participants will acquire knowledge of care coordination for children with complex needs and gain a better understanding of working with child care, schools, home visitors, and others in order to support families and access services.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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

- Determine clinical best practices for working with children with autism, behavioral challenges, and complex medical needs
- Describe educational approaches to serving children with special health care needs
- Identify opportunities to support families of children with special health care needs at home and in the community
- Integrate tools and protocols to coordinate effectively across systems and professions to support families of children with special health care needs

TARGET AUDIENCE

The ABC Conference is targeted to primary care providers and their teams, including pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents, fellows, medical students, and allied health care professionals, as well as professionals from other settings including child care, early education, home visiting, social workers, EI professionals, and more. The conference seeks to enable providers to network across professional silos with those from other child serving systems that also have a stake in the lives of children with autism, behavioral challenges, and complex medical needs.

ACCREDITATION AND CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENTS

This activity is jointly sponsored by University of Illinois College of Medicine at [Insert Campus] and (Name of non-accredited organization). This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics.  The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

THE FOLLOWING SESSIONS ARE APPROVED FOR ILLINOIS EARLY INTERVENTION CREDITS

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Optimizing Care for the Child with Medical Complexity- 1 WWF
TRACK A, Session 1: Coverage of Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders-0.5 ATY, 0.5 WWF
TRACK A, Session 2: Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools-0.5 ATY, 0.5 INT
TRACK B, Session 2: Partnering between Child Care and Pediatricians to Address Children’s Behavioral Challenges-0.5 WWF, 0.5 ATY
TRACK C, Session 2: Panel: Transitioning Children with Complex Medical Conditions from Hospital to Home- 0.5 WWF, 0.5 INT
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Enhancing Care by Sharing Information: What Illinois has Done—1 WWF
TRACK A, Session 3: Advances in Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Translating Research to Practice-1 INT
TRACK C, Session 3: Panel: Transitioning Children with Complex Medical Conditions from Hospital to Community/School-0.5 WWF, 0.5INT

REGISTRATION FEES

- $175 – Member PhysicianICAAP/IAFP member
- $250 – Non-member Physician
- $75 – Allied Health ProviderPA, NP, RN, Social Workers, Early Intervention service provider
- $50 – Community Service ProviderHome visitor, child care provider, family case management
- $50 – Residents and Students

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Exhibitor Opportunity

We are excited to be celebrating our fifth year as one of the few conferences established specifically for pediatricians and pediatric primary care providers interested in learning more about providing health care to children with special needs.

Those attending the conference include providers representing hospitals, universities, community health centers, and private practices. All attendees take valuable information back to use in their own practices and organizations.

Exhibitor support is critical, not only in creating opportunities for attendees to learn about the newest pediatric products and services for children with special needs, but in helping ICAAP offer a professional, high-quality event with excellent speakers.

For more information about the 2014 ABC Conference exhibit opportunity , view the Exhibitor Prospectus HERE.

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Past Conferences

The first Autism, Behavioral Challenges and Complex Medical Needs (ABC) Conference in 2010 was organized by The University of Chicago, Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics(ICAAP), Almost Home Kids and the Illinois LEND (Leadership, Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The vision of the conference was prompted by the work of the ICAAP faculty participating in Enhancing Developmentally Oriented Primary Care (EDOPC), a partnership between of ICAAP and the Advocate Healthcare Healthy Steps Program. EDOPC has been a resource for healthcare providers in Illinois to improve the delivery and financing of preventive health and developmental services for children birth to age three.

The ABC Conferences focus on evidence-based and concrete strategies to address the struggles primary care providers and other health care providers encounter related to Autism, Behavioral Challenges and Complex Medical Needs (ABC). Below are program brochures, presentations and handouts of past ABC Conferences.

2013, 4th Annual ABC Conference

“Making Systems Work Across the Lifespan for Children with Special Needs”

Brochure (PDF)

Presentations and Handouts

2012, 3rd Annual ABC Conference

“A Trauma-Informed Approach to Caring for Children and Families with Complex Medical Needs”

Brochure (PDF)

Presentations and Handouts

2011, 2nd Annual ABC Conference

Brochure (PDF)

Presentations and Handouts

2010, 1st Annual ABC Conference

Brochure (PDF)

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For more information about the ABC Conferences, please contact:

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