Supporting Young Children with Autism via Early Detection and Developmentally Informed Intervention

CME Course Description & Registration

Title: Supporting Young Children with Autism via Early Detection and Developmentally Informed Intervention
Duration: 1 hour
Audience: Pediatricians, pediatricians offices, psychologists, early intervention providers (SLPs, OTs) involved in the treatment of patients with ASD.
Credit: This activity is accredited for ACCME, ANCC, and APA credit.

Overview & Learning Objectives

Many community providers are not aware of the common barriers families face in obtaining a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. According to the CDC, even though 85% of children with ASD are recognized as at risk for developmental delay in their medical records, only 42% receive a comprehensive evaluation by age 3.

There is a significant gap in access to care for families across the U.S. Furthermore, upon entry of therapy for autism, many families and providers do not understand the various types of therapy available to young children with autism, how the therapies differ, the evidence-base behind each therapy, and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the therapies for individual children with ASD. Indeed, it is often hard for families to find providers trained in developmentally appropriate intervention that incorporates developmental science and early learning principles.

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  1. Identify barriers shown in the research literature to timely diagnosis of ASD in young children, and steps providers can take to prevent gaps in care
  2. Explain the differences in autism therapy for young children between naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions (NDBIs) and discrete trial training (DTT) approaches
  3. Review major research findings on one important NDBI, the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
  4. List practical tips and resources about the ESDM that community providers can share with parents

The course is led by Ian Goldstein, MD, the CEO of Soar Autism Center, and Will Martin, MEd, BCBA, the Head of ESDM Implementation for Soar. More about the faculty presenters can be found below the registration form.

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Ian Goldstein, MD | CEO, Soar Autism Center

Ian is a physician entrepreneur dedicated to building best-in-class care models. He has an MD/MPH degree from Tulane University and was in residency at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He completed advanced training in care model innovation and health policy from Stanford, Harvard, and the CDC. He has worked in strategy and leadership roles for leading healthcare provider organizations across the US, including as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Will Martin, MEd, BCBA | Head of ESDM Implementation, Soar Autism Center

Will is a certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years of experience in early intervention and autism therapy. Will earned a Master of Education degree in Early Intervention specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder from The University of Pittsburgh. After starting his career in community-based practice, Will joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and began working on a research study comparing the effectiveness of ESDM therapy to other approaches. Prior to joining Soar, Will served as the Vice President of Clinical Quality and Outcomes for a multisite ABA provider. His clinical specialties include: naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention, compassionate, communication-focused approaches to challenging behavior, and building meaningful models for caregiver involvement in ABA therapy. He is passionate about building high-quality early intervention programs for children with autism and their families.

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