Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Developmental Disabilities Webinar

ACEs amd Developmental Disabilities Webinar
Pictured (L to R): Dr. Bennett, Dr. Huang, Dr. Iyengar, and Dr. Wade

Recurrent or chronic exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which can lead to increased levels of toxic stress, can impair neurodevelopment, behavior, and overall health of a child (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012; Shonkoff & Garner, 2012). Healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, social workers and other providers, are uniquely positioned to utilize ACEs screening to distinguish between developmental delays and symptoms of toxic stress, particularly among children with behavioral concerns, to guide and support patients both in direct care and advocacy roles (Girouard, 2017; Esden, 2018). Studies suggest low ACEs screening rates by providers in clinical practice (Kerker, Storfer-Isser, & Szilagyi, 2016; Tink et al, 2017). However, health professionals have cited unsatisfactory competence as one of the main barriers in work with ACEs, and requested more knowledge, training, and organizational resources on the topic (Albaek, Kinn, & Milde, 2018). 

Click below to watch a webinar hosted by Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) that that provides actionable information for physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, child life specialists, and other patient service providers so they can:

  • Describe adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on behavior and development
  • Identify the overlap of signs, symptoms, and risk factors of ACEs and developmental disability
  • Explain how ACEs and developmental disabilities can be addressed in a healthcare setting

This 90-minute webinar is moderated by Patty Huang, MD Attending Physician within the Autism Integrated Care Program and Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and a Senior Fellow at CIRP. The presenters Roy Wade, Jr., MD, PhD, MPH, MSHP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, general pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and VPI Fellow; Amanda Bennett, MD, MPH, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and a member of the Center for Autism Research team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Sandhyaa Iyengar, MD FAAP, Fellow within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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CHOP Resources Presented in Webinar
Center for Autism Research Roadmap (patient/family resource)
Center for Autism Research Roadmap Provider Directory
Center for Autism Research
ECHO Autism: twice monthly web-based case discussions


Local Philadelphia Resources Presented in Webinar
Children’s Crisis Treatment Center


Other Resources Presented in Webinar
Early Intervention: U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
Bright Futures Resources and Screening Guidelines: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Learn the Signs: Autism Speaks
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Sesame Street
ACEs Connection
Multiplying Connections
Materials for Positive Identity Development

Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Developmental Disabilities Webinar