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

A CME-Certified Course

Friday, October 29, 2004
5:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
9000 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Friday, October 30, 2004
8:45 AM - 12:00 NOON
Conference Center
UW-Madison Waisman Center
1500 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI

Jointly Sponsored by
Hosted by
Acknowledgement and Support

This training is supported by Cooperative Agreement
Number R3/CCU523235-02 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.

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

Autism Coalition for Research and Education (ACRE)
The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

Target Audience and Program Overview

  ediatricians, family practitioners, internists w/specialty in pediatrics, pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatric physician assistants, pediatric specialists (i.e., developmental pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists), and public health physicians and nurses will benefit from this CME program.

The purpose of this educational activity is: (1) to 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.

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 WI works.

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 Medicine and First Signs, Inc. 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 3.0 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.

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 no registration fee for attending this conference, however, space is limited. All pre-registered participants will receive a confirmation from University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Cancellation Policy
The University of Wisconsin–Madison reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to any unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University 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 Jackie Roessler no later than three days prior to the conference, at 608-263-8222.

Nondiscrimination Statement
The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of educational policies, programs or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan awards; athletic, or other University administered programs or employment. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to: Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, 3600 Chestnut Street, Sansom Place East, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106 or
(215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).



October 29, 2004
5:45PM - 9:00PM
Children’s Hospital
of Wisconsin


October 30, 2004
8:45AM - 12:00 NOON
Waisman Center

5:45PM - 6:00PM

Registration and
Light Snack

8:45AM - 9:00AM

6:00PM - 6:20PM

Welcome Remarks, Overview, and Pretest
Maureen Durkin, PhD, DrPH
University of Wisconsin

9:00AM - 9:20AM

6:20PM - 6:50PM

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

9:20AM - 9:50AM

6:50PM - 7:30PM

Developmental and Autism Screening Tools for the Pediatric Client, Incorporating Screening Into Your Practice—
Part I

Frances P. Glascoe, PhD

9:50AM - 10:30AM

7:30PM - 7:40PM



7:40PM - 8:00PM

Developmental and Autism Screening Tools for the Pediatric Client, Incorporating Screening Into Your Practice—
Part II
Frances P. Glascoe, PhD

10:40AM - 11:00AM

8:00PM - 8:20PM

Referring a Child to Early Intervention in Wisconsin
Linda Tuchman, PhD
Donna Miller, MS

11:00AM - 11:20AM

8:20PM - 8:45PM

Questions and Answers/
Panel Discussion

11:20AM - 11:45AM

8:45PM - 9:00PM

Program Conclusion, Post Test, and Evaluation

11:45AM - 12:00 NOON



12:00 NOON



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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Course Director

Maureen Durkin, PhD, DrPH
Associate Professor
Waisman Center and Department of Population Health Sciences,
University of Wisconsin
Principal Investigator
Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and Other Developmental
Disabilities System (WISADDS)
Madison, WI

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

Donna Miller, MS
Birth to 3 Program and Policy Specialist
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Madison, WI

Linda Tuchman, PhD
Program Director
Waisman Center Early Intervention Program
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Nancy D. Wiseman
Founder and President
First Signs, Inc.
Merrimac, MA