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Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

The presentation of interdisciplinary case studies provides trainees with the opportunity to teach others and to demonstrate their use of technology in the process, especially distance learning technology.  All trainees present a 30-minute case study that highlights their respective discipline and reflects the interdisciplinary process.  Because some trainees are at remote sites some days, distance learning technology is required.

The case is presented in a "problem solving format" in order to encourage interdisciplinary discussion and generate ideas.  The presenter identifies the child's primary referral source and primary reason for the referral.  The presenter also provides any preliminary information they have for the child (cognitive testing, school performance, behavior, medications, injuries, etc.). 

The interdisciplinary group then generates a possible diagnosis to identify or rule out and identifies which disciplines should be involved in the evaluation, based on referral questions and other preliminary information.  The presenter then identifies who actually saw the child and the evaluation results.  Finally, the interdisciplinary group discusses a possible diagnosis, with recommendations for the family and local providers.

What are the expected learning outcomes for trainees?

Trainees will develop a deeper understanding of the tremendous advantages of interdisciplinary care, increased appreciation of and respect for colleagues in other disciplines, and knowledge about student-directed teaching. In addition, they will:

  • Develop teaching skills that engage students in discussion and learning
  • Be able to identify the expertise offered by colleagues in developmental/behavioral pediatrics, psychology, speech-language pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, nutrition, and pediatric dentistry in an interdisciplinary evaluation of an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental disabilities
  • Become familiar with criteria for referral to colleagues in other clinical disciplines
  • Become familiar with effective interventions offered by other clinical disciplines.
  • Gain skills in effective professional communication about complex clinical situations
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