Dr. Davis will discuss methods to screen or identify a child with potential risk factors for developmental delay and autism and discuss when it is appropriate to seek early intervention. Growing research, including longitudinal data released in 2017, shows that children with developmental delay or autism who begin therapy early have much better outcomes over time. These children learn to communicate better, have milder overall symptoms, and have an improved opportunity to thrive.
Through didactics, case presentations, and audience participation, this session will ensure its participants:
- Recognize common patterns of developmental delay
- Recognize common symptoms of autism in children under 3 years old
- Become familiar with outcomes of prematurity
- Learn warning signs to “anticipate” behavioral problems
- Consider ways to adapt and improve office visits for children with developmental disabilities
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Beth Ellen Davis MD MPH is a board-certified Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician (DBP) and Professor of Pediatrics, UVASOM. After retiring as Colonel in the US Army Medical Corps where she was the Tri-service DBP Fellowship Director for 10 years, she continued in leadership and workforce development roles at the University of Washington Center for Human Development and Disability as the LEND Director. In 2017, she joined the UVA Dept. of Pediatrics. Her clinical research focuses on workforce development and systems of care for children with autism and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD). She is currently involved in 3 HRSA and 1 DoD ASD/DD grants. Her clinical practice extends to rural Alaska where she has been the sole DBP in the state providing diagnostic assessments for native Alaskan children at risk for autism and other developmental disabilities.
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