Now offering CEs for social workers and nurses, in addition to CMEs for physicians.

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

A CME/CE-certified Course

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Quest Conference Centers
#12 Columbus Room
8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, OH

Jointly Sponsored by
Endorsed by

Ohio Association of Family Physicians
Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Ohio Osteopathic Association
Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association


Wednesday,  October 3, 2007
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Quest Conference Centers
#12 Columbus Room
8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, OH

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Registration, Pre test, and
Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Welcome Remarks and Overview
Melissa Wervey Arnold

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

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

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM


11:40 AM - 12:05 PM

Autism Screening Tools for Young Children, Incorporating Screening into Your Practice or Work, and Delivering Difficult News to Parents
Frances P. Glascoe, PhD

12:05 PM - 12:20 PM

Referring a Child to Early Intervention in Ohio
Debbie Wright, MS, RN

12:20 PM - 12:50 PM

Questions and Answers/Panel Discussion
James Bryant, MD

12:50 PM - 1:00 PM

Program Conclusion, Post test, and Evaluation

1:00 PM



Physicians: 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, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Autism Society of Ohio, and First Signs, Inc. The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Social Workers: The Ohio Department of Health, 246 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio is an approved provider of continuing education by the Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board (RSX048808). The ODH provider status expires November 2007.

Nurses: Nurses can use social work contact hours toward their continuing education requirements.

Designation of Credit
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation 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.

Acknowledgement and Support

Funding provided by the Department of Health and Human Services,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Curriculum developed by First Signs.
The findings and conclusions are those of the authors
and do not necessarily represent the views of
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Resources and support for this training are provided by:

Healthy Child Care Ohio
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)
Ohio Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association
Ohio Counseling Association
Ohio Nurses Association
Ohio Psychiatric Association
Ohio Psychological Association

Target Audience and Program Overview

Pediatricians, family physicians, internists with a specialty in pediatrics, pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatric physician assistants, pediatric specialists (i.e., developmental pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists), public healthcare providers, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, Early Interventionists, educators, and childcare providers will benefit from this CME program.

The purposes of this educational activity are to: (1) educate healthcare providers and other professionals about the importance of early identification and intervention of young children at risk for autism and other developmental and social-emotional concerns; (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 and behavioral 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 and behavioral 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 and referral. Participants will receive information about highly validated developmental and autism screening tools, how to set up 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:

  • Identify key social, emotional, and communication milestones for healthy development in young children.
  • Describe the absolute indicators that signal the need for immediate evaluation.
  • List the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders.
  • Describe the seven steps in the developmental screening process.
  • Choose recommended developmental and autism screening tools for use in practice.
  • Discuss the challenges of developmental screening in primary care.
  • Set up practices to meet these challenges.
  • Describe to parents and caregivers how Early Intervention in Ohio works.


Melissa Wervey Arnold

Executive Director, Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics,
Worthington, OH

  James Bryant, MD

Medical Director, Bureau for Children with Medical
Handicaps (BCMH), Ohio Department of Health.
Columbus, OH

Frances P. Glascoe, PhD 

Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University,
Nashville, TN

Nancy D. Wiseman 

Founder and President, First Signs, Inc.,
Merrimac, MA

Debbie Wright, MS, RN

Chief, Bureau of Early Intervention Services, Ohio Department of Health,
Columbus, OH




Registration is CLOSED.

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

A CME/CE-certified Course

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Quest Conference Centers
#12 Columbus Room
8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, OH

This conference is FREE for the first 150 professionals who register.

In addition, the first 150 professionals to register will receive a complimentary copy of On the Spectrum: Children and Autism (DVD).
So register early!

After the first 150 professionals have registered,
there will be a $39 registration fee


All pre-registered participants, complimentary or paid,
will receive an automatic confirmation notice. Registration covers attendance, continental breakfast, and course syllabus.

Cancellation Policy
The collaborating organizations reserve the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, First Signs 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 First Signs, Inc. no later than three days prior to the conference, (978) 346-4380 or email

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).