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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Autism is a complex developmental disability that causes problems with social interaction and communication.  Symptoms usually start before age three and can cause delays or problems in many different skills that develop from infancy to adulthood. Different people with autism can have very different symptoms.  Health care providers think of autism as a “spectrum” disorder, a group of disorders with similar features.  One person may have mild symptoms, while another may have seriEous symptoms, but they both have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

ICAAP’s autism spectrum disorder (ASD) efforts include providing pediatrician education, working on policy and advocacy issues, and connecting providers and families to community resources for education, treatment, and other services. [...more]

Bright Futures

Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children’s health needs in the context of family and community. In addition to use in pediatric practice, many states implement Bright Futures principles, guidelines and tools to strengthen the connections between state and local programs, pediatric primary care, families, and local communities.

ICAAP is now partnering with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to promote Bright Futures in Illinois, to assist in integrating Bright Futures into state programs, and to improve awareness of Bright Futures among primary care providers, families, and advocates. [...more]

Early Intervention (EI)

Illinois’ Early Intervention program’s mission is to assure that families who have infants and toddlers, birth to three, with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child’s development, while respecting the diversity of families and communities. [...more]

Enhancing Developmentally Oriented Primary Care (EDOPC)

The Enhancing Developmentally Oriented Primary Care Project (EDOPC) is a resource for healthcare providers in Illinois. We work to improve the delivery and financing of preventive health and developmental services for children birth to age three. EDOPC is a partnership of the Advocate Health Care, Healthy Steps Program and Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics.

Through the EDOPC Web site, you can enroll in online training on care coordination, developmental screening, domestic violence screening, perinatal maternal depression screening, and social/emotional screening. [...more]

Home Visiting

Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (pages 216-225), the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is a partnership of federal, state, and local government agencies, and community-based organizations.  The main goals of the Illinois MIECHV program are to expand or enhance one or more evidence-based models of home visiting; ensure that the home visiting programs are effectively connected to community based services; establish a system of universal screening and coordinated intake in target areas; and enhance or establish an early childhood collaborative in target areas. [...more]

Illinois Healthy Beginnings II

Illinois Healthy Beginnings II (IHB2) is is a project of Assuring Better Child Health and Development III (ABCD), in partnership with the National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP), the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP). IHB2 brings together medical homes, Early Intervention (EI) and community service providers (CSP) in order to improve communication and collaboration on behalf of children at risk for developmental delay.  [...more]


For more information about ICAAP’s Child Development Initiatives, please contact:

Juanona Brewster, MDiv, MTS, MJ
Senior Director, Child Development Initiatives
Director, PROTECT Initiative
Director, TEAM Initiative
312/733-1026, ext 203

Elise Groenewegen
Manager, Child Development Initiatives
312/733-1026, ext 204