Improving Developmental
Screening Practices for
Young Children
With Autism & Other
Developmental Disorders

A CME-certified course

Friday, August 12, 2005
8:45 AM - 12:00 NOON
Comer Hall
University of Montevallo
720 Oak Street
Montevallo, AL

Saturday, August 13, 2005
8:45 AM - 12:00 NOON
Conference Room 407
UAB-Ryals Public Health Building
1665 University Boulevard
Birmingham, AL

Jointly Sponsored by

Hosted by

August 12, 2005
8:30 AM - 12:00 NOON
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, AL


August 13, 2005
8:30 AM - 12:00 NOON
UAB-School of
Public Health
Birmingham, AL

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Pretest, and Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks and Overview
Meredith Hepburn, MSW, MPH

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

9:15 AM - 9:55 AM

Recognizing the "First Signs" of Atypical Development in Young Children, Clinical Features of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Nancy D. Wiseman

9:15 AM - 9:55 AM

9:55 AM - 10:35 AM

Developmental Screening Tools for Young Children, Best Practices for Screening
Frances P. Glascoe, PhD

9:55 AM - 10:35 AM

10:35 AM - 10:45 AM


10:35 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Autism Screening Tools for Young Children, Incorporating Screening Into Your Practice or Work
Frances P. Glascoe, PhD

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

Referring a Child to Early Intervention in Alabama
Kim Hill, MS

11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

11:20 AM - 11:30 AM

Post Test and Evaluation

11:20 AM - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM - 12:00 NOON

Questions and
Answers/Panel Discussion

11:30 AM - 12:00 NOON

12:00 NOON


12:00 NOON


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 Pennsylvania School of of Medicine, First Signs, Inc., Autism Society of Alabama, and the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.25  category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity. 

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education, adheres to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. Faculty disclosure information will be made available in the conference materials and syllabi. Faculty members are also expected to disclose to participants any discussions of off-label and/or investigational uses of pharmaceutical products during their presentations.

Registration Information
There is a $35  registration fee for attending this conference. Space is limited. Participants can register online at All pre-registered participants may request confirmation and/or directions from Autism Society of Alabama.

Acknowledgement and Support

This training is supported by Cooperative Agreement

Number UR3/CCU423236-02 from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents
are solely the responsibility of the presenters
and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

Resources and Support for this training are provided by:

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Early Intervention 
Autism Society of Alabama
UAB School of Public Health
University of Montevallo

Additional support for this activity is provided by grants 
  from the following organizations:

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


Target Audience and Program Overview

Pediatricians, family physicians, internists with specialty in pediatrics, pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatric physician assistants, pediatric specialists (i.e., developmental pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists), public health physicians and nurses, clinicians, and early childhood educators and providers will benefit from this CME program.

The purpose of this educational activity is to: (1) educate medical practitioners and other professionals about the importance of early identification and intervention of young children at risk for autism and other developmental disorders; (2) improve upon the pediatric practice of screening and referral; and (3) lower the age at which young children are diagnosed.

Research supports that early intervention can markedly improve outcomes for children identified with autism and other developmental disorders. With early detection and referral to local Early Intervention programs, these young children can begin receiving more timely and effective treatment, thus improving their outcomes. This course will teach participants not only the importance of early identification and intervention for children with autism and other developmental disorders, but also how to detect these concerns and refer for treatment.

Participants will learn to recognize the "first signs" of atypical development, the clinical features of autism spectrum disorders, and best practices for screening. Participants will receive information about highly validated development and autism screening tools, how to set up a practice for screening, and where to refer children with developmental concerns.

Development of the core curriculum was funded by:

Autism Speaks
The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

•  List the three main diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders.
•  Recognize the key social, emotional, and communication milestones for healthy development in young children.
•  Describe the absolute indicators that signal immediate screening for autism spectrum disorders.
•  Describe how to carry out the seven steps in the developmental screening process.
•  Choose recommended developmental screening tools for use in practice.
•  Discuss the challenges and problems of developmental screening in practice.
•  Set up practices to meet the challenges of screening and referral.
Describe to parents and caregivers how Early Intervention in Alabama works.


Course Director

Meredith Hepburn, MSW, MPH

Project Coordinator
Alabama Autism Surveillance Project
Department of Maternal and Child Health
School of Public Health
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Presenting Faculty

  Frances P. Glascoe, PhD 

Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Penn State University
Hershey, PA

Editorial Boards: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine;
Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics;
AAP Section on Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Newsletter Editor

Kim Hill, MS

Assistant Early Intervention Coordinator
Early Intervention
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
Montgomery, AL

Nancy D. Wiseman 

Founder and President
First Signs, Inc.
Merrimac, MA


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Or, fax registration form to Meredith Jones at  (205) 824-9032

Or, mail registration form and check,
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Cancellation Policy
The University of Pennsylvania and the Autism Society of Alabama reserve the right to cancel or postpone any course due to any unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the Autism Society of Alabama will notify all pre-registrants in advance of the event.

Services for the disabled
If special arrangements are required for an individual with a disability to attend this seminar, please contact Meredith Jones no later than three days prior to the conference, at 205-824-6734.

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