[Landon-pediatric-foundation-telemedicine-listserv] Ventura Pediatric Diagnostic Center Monthly News - May 2009
rain at rain.org
Tue May 5 11:24:54 PDT 2009
Ventura Pediatric Diagnostic Center Monthly
Newsletter - May 2009
This monthly Newsletter is brought to you through funding from Ventura First
5 - http://first5ventura.org/
New Updates and important resources and information on the H1N1 Flu (swine
flu) are available on a special Littlesteps
Web at : http://www.rain.org/littlesteps/swine_flu_09_clinic.html
The web site provides signs for to print out for use at clinics, daily
updates and links to CDC, WHO, State and County Health.
New Videos of the Second Developmental Screening Conference are online.
There are also Podcast (mp3) files if you would like
to download the audio files to listen to on your iPod or mobile phone.
Go to: http://www.rain
org/video-magazine/developmental-screening-conference-2009.html to view the
videos of the Conference or download the mp3 files.
The videos are also available on the Get Moving TV channel on You Tube at:
Web sites to visit this month:
http://www.rain.org/littlesteps - New Littlesteps web
http://www.rain-internet.blogspot.com/ - Landon Pediatric Foundation
http://www.rain.org/pdcventura/ - Pediatric Diagnostic Center Web
http://www.rain.org/littlesteps/easqq.pdf - Ages & Stages Questionnaire set
and Scoring Sheets
http://www.rain.org/video-magazine - Telemedicine and Family Health Video
http://www.rain.org/dlt/health.html - RAIN Telemedicine Network Community
http://www.rain.org/dlt/wellness/ - Rural Community Wellness Web
Monthly Video Conferencing from UCSD Telemedicine Program
Contact Jackie Donaldson-Lopez at 858-246-0409 or jdonalds at ucsd.edu (space
is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis)
Family Support Services Referral
Family Support Specialists are available to provide support to parents and
families with children birth to five
Years of age who do not qualify for early intervention services.
In addition, family support specialists are available to help support and
assist parents in advocating for their child's developmental needs and
accessing Community resources that can help improve their child's
development. Please see the Referral form on the Littlesteps website at
Call Delfina Zermeno in East County 6547632 and Shar Busch in West County
6547601 for information and referrals.
Ventura County Medical Center Workshop on Autism -
Because services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are scarce
when children fail a broadband screening measure, providers need to
carefully discern which children need ASD evaluations and which do not. This
research considers how well a broadband screening test sorts those with and
without probable ASD. The subjects were 427 children between 18 and 59
months of age with elevated risk scores on broadband screening, i.e.,
Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS), a 10-item measure
eliciting parents' concerns.
Parents also completed the Modified Checklist of Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
an autism specific screen.
The results showed that of the 427 children at risk on PEDS, 34% (N = 144)
passed the M-CHAT. To determine whether these potential overreferrals could
be reduced, parents' concerns on PEDS were used to predict M-CHAT results.
Three or more discrete types of concerns, varying by age, characterized
children who failed the M-CHAT while fewer than 3 were associated with
This reduced overreferrals by 70% while maintaining high levels of
Although compliance with the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations
for both broadband and autism-specific screening at 18 and 24 months is
still recommended, viewing performance patterns on a broadband screening
test can substantially reduce overreferrals to autism specialty services.
Go to the Littlesteps web site at http://rain
org/littlesteps/VCMC_autism_presentation_2008.html for all the Workshop
information and materials.
VCBH Interagency Screening Forms -
You can access the forms from the Littlesteps home page at http://www.rain
Go straight to the forms at:
Pre-Implementation Survey to review and fill out.
It is worth a $25 Starbuck's or your choice of gift card to fill out the
survey. It will help focus your efforts and help us to
Think globally, act locally!
You can fill out the survey online, print and mail in or send by email.
Go to: http://www.rain.org/littlesteps/Pre-Imp-Survey.pdf to review and fill
out the survey.
New DSS Algorithm - with valuable information to use as a handout for your
practitioners and assistants is available on the
Littlesteps web site. Go to: http://www.rain.org/littlesteps/DSSalgorithm
The Born Learning Web, from First 5 Ventura County and United Way of
Award-winning Born Learning tools were created by United Way of America,
Civitas, Families and Work Institute and the Ad Council. Locally, United Way
of Ventura County and First 5 Ventura County are partnering to help provide
the tools to as many parents as possible.
You can get to the Born Learning web from the Littlesteps homepage at
http://www.rain.org/littlesteps or go straight to http://www.vcbornlearning
Videos are online from the FASD workshop in September. Visit the web site
and hear the valuable discussions by:
* Dr. Edward Riley, (Prenatal Alcohol Exposure & Brain Development)
* Dr. Leslie Lynn Pawson, (Prenatal Screening, Assessment, Referral, and
* Dr. Paul Russell, (Prenatal Screening, Assessment, Referral, and Treatment
* The Dependency Drug Court Team, (Systems and Supports in Ventura County)
(Susan Feldman, Carol Hughes, Susana Jegle, and Diane Emerick).
Go to : http://www.rain.org/video-magazine/FASD-september-2008.html to view
the new videos.
To explore all our online Telemedicine Video resources go to: http://www
Visit the Little Steps web site to test out the new Synagis Referral Form.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the #1 cause of hospitalization in
babies under a year. Our babies at developmental risk can be the most
severely affected. We anticipate the need to protect high risk infants
beginning with injections of Synagis in November to achieve protective
levels by the start of the season and continue monthly through March.
The new Synagis Referral Forms allow you to prepare the forms online and
submit them directly to the Pediatric Diagnostic Center or to print copies
for use at your Office.
Go to: http://www.rain.org/Littlesteps/synagis-forms-2008.HTML to review
the forms and try them out.
Be sure to check out the links on the Littlesteps web for valuable
information on Synagis for Parents and Health Professionals.
http://www.rain.org/littlesteps - Ventura Littlesteps Web
The Little Steps web site, sponsored by a Ventura First 5 grant, provides
quick access to the Ages & Stages Parents Workbook, in Spanish and English,
to the Health Steps User Manual, the Physicians and Nurses Healthy Steps
Workbook and the PEDS Workbook and Scoring Guide.
Materials are also available in Spanish at http://www.rain.org/los-pasitos/
Visit this web site often to check on new resources that will be of value to
you throughout the year
The Continuing Medical Education Video Center is a growing web site with new
video units added regularly. Current videos include materials on Autism
Treatment, Dental Varnish Information, Hansen Developmental Screening, Fetal
Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Developmental Screening, and TCRC Developmental
New materials are added all the time so check into the CME Video web often.
PEDS Materials (Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status).
Includes an Introduction to PEDS along with the complete PEDS Response Form,
Scoring Form and Supplemental Measures.
The MedMall Video Magazine is a Telemedicine Video web site from the Landon
Pediatric Foundation with a wide variety of video units. Visit this month
to see the full Ventura First Five Developmental Screening and Autism
Seminar on Internet Video.
The MedMall Telemedicine Video Magazine provides access to Internet Video
units on many other topics and is updated on a regular basis. Visit often.
timothy at rain.org
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