2015 Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs Conference

The 6th Annual ABC (Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs) Conference them is “A Trauma-Informed, Inter-professional Approach to Caring for Children with Special Needs.” Speakers will give valuable information about trauma, toxic stress and resiliency-building in order to help providers from across many disciplines recognize and address trauma when caring for children and families with special healthcare needs.

 The need to address trauma is increasingly viewed as an important component of effective behavioral health service delivery, especially for children with special needs. Not only are children and youth with developmental disabilities more likely to be exposed to trauma, but exposure to trauma makes developmental delays more likely. Furthermore, it is evident that addressing trauma requires a multi-pronged, multi-agency, inter-professional, public health approach inclusive of public education and awareness, prevention and early identification, and needs to incorporate effective trauma-specific assessment and wide ranging treatment resources.

ABC Conference participants can expect to learn about the broad landscape of services and programs that are available to support children with special needs from birth through childhood, and develop skills to make effective referrals and partner with other agencies and systems. Each track (A, B, and C) features sessions that converge with different systems, developmental services, medical interventions, and innovative partnerships that benefit children served across inter-professional groups.

ABC 2015 Conference Brochure

More information can be found here: http://illinoisaap.org/projects/abc/