80040259 - The Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities XXXIX

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Date & Location
Monday, March 20, 2017 - Wednesday, March 22, 2017   Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Turner Auditorium, Baltimore, MD

Target Audience

Autism remains an important but controversial public health issue. Its importance is demonstrated in many ways. The United States Department of Health and Human Services has established an inter-agency committee to coordinate HHS responses to autism and to advise the Secretary of HHS on issues related to autism. Each year it publishes a summary of advances in autism spectrum disorder. This year’s summary focuses on early identification, neurobiology and treatment. According to the United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, almost half a million children in the United States receive special education services for autism. A recent Pub Med search for autism revealed that 4284 articles were published in calendar year 2015, including 8 reviews on sleep and 74 reviews on epilepsy.

Autism is not without controversy. A recent report by the USPTF that questioned the need for autism specific screening of asymptomatic children was challenged by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Changing diagnostic criteria of autism and the new category of social (pragmatic) language disorder have created diagnostic confusion. Increasingly there is recognition that not all children will have their autism ameliorated by early intervention. Consequently, the focus on autism has been expanded beyond early identification and early intervention to how to manage children with autism spectrum disorder in school and how to effectively transition to adult services. A recent review of the behavioral therapies employed for autism showed that many were lacking evidence of effectiveness.

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This activity is intended for pediatricians, neurodevelopmentalists, developmental behavioral pediatricians, child neurologists, child psychiatrists, educators, nurses, nurse practititioners, occupational therapists, psychologists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, physician assistants and social workers.


Registration Fee ..................................................................$545
Printed Syllabus.....................................................................$35

A $50 late fee applies to registrations received after 5:00 p.m. EST on March 14, 2017. A handling fee of $50 will be deducted for cancellation. An additional fee may apply for cancellation of other events, including workshops and social activities. Refund requests must be received by fax or mail by March 14, 2017. No refunds will be made thereafter. Transfer of registration to another Johns Hopkins activity in lieu of cancellation is not possible.


After attending this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. List the reasons for the changing prevalence of autism spectrum disorder.
  2. Provide an operational definition of “social communication disorder” that is distinct from autism.
  3. Analyze the evidence for the role of environmental factors as an etiology for ASD.
  4. Distinguish other conditions that may cause impaired social interaction.
  5. Outline the content of a successful transition plan for a youth with ASD.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Fellows Association. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program is offered for 1.8 CEUs (Various level; Professional area)

Maintenance of Certification
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed The Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities XXXIX: Autism: Issues in Identification, Diagnosis, and Management and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive self-assessment program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of Maintenance of Certification.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Program accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 18.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits for completing this program.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is authorized by the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a provider of continuing education. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine maintains responsibility for this program. A certificate for 18.25 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this activity.

The Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners certifies that this program meets the criteria for 18.25 credit hours of Category 1 or 1.8 CEUs of continuing education for social workers and associates licensed in Maryland. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland.

The Johns Hopkins University has approved this activity for 18.25 contact hours for non-physicians.