SPARK for Autism
Although autism is defined clinically by deficits in social communication paired with restricted and repetitive behaviors, in practice it encompasses a much broader array of features and comorbidities that vary widely among those diagnosed with it. It is also highly genetic – about 81% of the risk for autism can be attributed to genetic factors. SPARK is a nationwide study with the goal of mapping the diversity of autism both in terms of its genetics as well as its presentation. The ultimate aim of the study is to improve the lives of those with autism by facilitating increased understanding through scientifically rigorous research. In this webinar, Michaelson will describe the current state of genetic research in autism while also introducing the SPARK study and the impact that it has had so far.
Providing Reflective Supervision to Home Visitors and to Infant Mental Health Therapists: Similarities & Differences
The New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health (NMAIMH) shared two recorded conversations between two providers of Reflective Supervision/Consultation (RS/C). These conversations allow for greater understanding about the differences and similarities between clinical and non-clinical providers in regards to RS/C.
Iowa’s 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative Overview
The 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative supports American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations to include developmental screening as a routine component of well-child exams. Early intervention “lays the foundation in childhood and beyond for cognitive functioning; behavioral, social, and self-regulatory capacities; and physical health” (Karoly et al., 2005). Yet, the 2017-2018 National Survey of Children’s Health reported only 33.5% of U.S. children between the ages of 9 and 35 months had received a developmental screening using a parent-completed screening tool in the past 12 months. In Iowa, only 34.2% of respondents reported completion of a developmental screening tool.
Child-Parent Psychotherapy Overview
Based on the work of Alicia Lieberman, Patricia Van Horn, and Joy D. Osofsky
Learn the Signs. Act Early.
Rachelle Swanson-Holm presents information regarding Iowa’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign. The objective of this webinar is to increase awareness of the campaign and to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, so children and families can get the services and support they need as early as possible. This webinar identifies free resources available to assist families, early care and education providers, and health care professionals to support early childhood developmental monitoring.
About Face: A New Look at Child Development and Attachment Through the Lens of Neuroscience
Dr. Lane Strathearn, Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Physician Director at the University of Iowa’s Center for Disabilities and Development, presents information regarding research conducted in the Attachment and Neurodevelopment Lab, discusses how face-to-face parent-infant interaction promotes healthy social and emotional development, explains the mechanisms through which adverse childhood experiences may adversely impact child development, and explores some specific examples of parental psychopathology and potential effects on parenting capacity.
*Please note: the Internet connection became unstable near the beginning of the webinar, causing the recording to freeze in two locations. The issue does resolve itself, however.