First Signs and
University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine jointly sponsored a CME-certified course,
“Improving Developmental Screening Practices for Young Children
with Autism and Other Developmental Disorders”, in Milwaukee and
Madison on October 29-30, 2004. The program was hosted by
University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Waisman Center, and
Hospital of Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin First Signs Training was supported by
Cooperative Agreement Number R3/CCU523235-02 from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additional support for
this activity was provided by educational grants from Autism
Coalition for Research and Education (ACRE) and The Doug Flutie,
Jr. Foundation for Autism.
The Wisconsin First Signs training was targeted to
pediatricians, 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.
The purpose of the Wisconsin First Signs
training was 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.
- Improve upon the pediatric practice of screening and
- Lower the age at which young children are
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