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Symposium Objectives

  • Describe the importance of the Pediatric Care Provider’s (PCP) role in the care and management of pediatric neurological, developmental, and behavioral disorders
  • Identify current advances and emerging trends in the treatment of pediatric neurological disorders
  • Describe the importance of early interventional and the need for evidence-based intervention in the treatment of pediatric neurological, developmental, and behavioral disorders
  • Identify common pitfalls in the treatment and intervention services for neurological, developmental and behavioral disorders
  • Cite examples of current research findings in pediatric neurosciences and their translation to clinical care.
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Sunday, March 9 Session A

Spasticity/ Movement Disorders Update


Session Learning Objectives

  • Identify the anatomy and physiology of spasticity.
  • Describe the treatment options of spasticity and other related movement disorders with oral medication, targeted therapy, and the use of surgical endeavors for treating movement disorders.
  • Recognize the role of the pediatric physiatrist’s rehabilitative management of children and know when a child will benefit from referral to pediatric physiatrist.
  • Discuss recent findings in diagnosis, epidemiology, natural history and treatments for selected childhood movement disorders and identify pediatric movement disorder controversies

Moderators: Ratan D. Bhardwaj, MD & Elizabeth Linos, OT/R

12 p.m. Registration and Lunch

1 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

1:10 p.m. Diagnosis and Management of Spasticity in Children and Adolescents

Kara S. Lewis, MD

1:40 p.m. Spasticity and Movement Disorders for the PCP

Ewa B. Brandys, MD

2:10 p.m. Orthopedic Consequences of Spasticity Management

M. Wade Shrader, MD

2:40 p.m. Break

2:55 p.m. Spasticity and Movement Disorders from a Rehab Perspective

Nushka Remec, PT, MS, PCS

3:25 p.m. Surgical Treatment of Pediatric Movement Disorders

David H. Shafron, MD

3:55 p.m. Future Treatment for Movement Disorders

Ratan D. Bhardwaj, MD, PhD, FRCSC

4:25 p.m. Q & A Session

4:30 p.m. Adjourn for the Day

Monday, March 10 Session B

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion Update


Session Learning Objectives

  • Achieve a working understanding of concussion a.k.a. mild traumatic brain injury and it’s pathophysiology
  • Define the typical clinical course and appropriate medical management of a pediatric concussion
  • Evaluate the youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion, on the field and in the office
  • Describe tools to assist concussion evaluation and management and when to refer the concussed athlete for further evaluation
  • Apply possible preventative measures for concussions a.k.a. mild traumatic brain injuries
  • Describe the correct management and rehabilitative techniques for the concussed athlete
  • Define the public health roles and medical roles in concussion management
  • Explain the potential for short and long term neurological consequences of a concussion a.k.a. mild traumatic brain injury
  • Articulate return to play criteria and processes for return to school including practical accommodations to support the student

Moderators: P. David Adelson, MD & Michael S. Lavoie, PhD

12:30 p.m. Registration and Lunch

1:30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

1:35 p.m. Pathophysiology of a Concussion

David W. Dodick, MD

2:00 p.m. Prevention of Youth Sports Related Concussion

Kristina M. Wilson, MD

2:25 p.m. On-Field Management of a Suspected Concussion

Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

2:50 p.m. Return to Play Guidelines

Steven M. Erickson, MD, FACP

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation:  The Evolution of Youth Concussion Management

Gerard A Gioia, PhD

4:30 p.m. Barrow Brainbook and Barrow Brainball: Concussion Education for Athletes

Javier Cárdenas, MD

4:55 p.m. Q & A Session

5 p.m. Adjourn for the Day

6:00 Opening Reception in honor of Keynote Speaker Gerard A Gioia, PhD

Join us from 6 to 9 pm at the Adelson Residence. Relax in the garden and enjoy the food, drinks, and entertainment including a delightful selection of hors d’oeuvres, wine and cocktails. You need to RSVP in order to attend.

Tuesday, March 11 Session C

Raising Special Kids/Developmental Pediatrics Update


Session Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to caring for these children
  • Discuss the importance of developmental surveillance and evidenced-based intervention for children with developmental and behavioral disorders.
  • Discuss current criteria used to diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Recognize recent complementary & alternative medicine(CAM) approaches parents of children with autism may be using
  • Identify the role of genetics in the care of children with developmental disorders.
  • Describe therapeutic and pharmacologic treatments approaches for children with behavioral disorders.
  • Discuss the process for transitioning children with special health care needs to an adult provider.

Moderators: Robin K. Blitz, MD & Subir Mitra, MD

12:30 p.m. Registration and Lunch

1:30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

1:35 p.m. Autism Spectrum Disorders: DSM5 and a Little Bit of CAM

Robin K. Blitz, MD, FAAP

1:55 p.m. Fragile X and Down Syndrome: Dual Diagnosis

Robin K. Blitz, MD

2:30 p.m. Developmental Outcomes in Children with Congenital Heart Disease

Beth A. Trevino, MD

2:55 p.m. The P's and Q's of 22q Deletion Syndrome

Theresa A. Grebe, MD, FACMG, FAAP

3:20 p.m. Break

3:35 p.m. Raising Special Kids Overview

Janna Murrell

3:50 p.m. Transitioning the Child with Special Health Care Needs

Nancy B. Quay MS, RN, CNRN

4:25 p.m. Psychopharmacology for the PCP

Jacob J. Venter, MD, CPE

4:55 p.m. Q & A Session

5 p.m. Adjourn for the Day

Wednesday, March 12 Session D

Epilepsy/ Seizures Update


Session Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the common and confusing seizure types in children and know when to refer to a neurologist
  • List options for treating breakthrough seizures at home
  • Define the principles behind epilepsy medication selection and dose adjustments
  • Describe alternative treatment options for uncontrolled epilepsy patients both medical and surgical
  • Describe the initial assessment of children presenting with an unprovoked new onset seizures.
  • Explain the appropriate testing for a patient with a new onset seizure.
  • Identify appropriate rescue medications for patients with new onset seizures.

to understand and direct the care for these unique and challenging children

Moderators: Matthew Troester, DO & Carolyn Hickman, PhD

12:30 p.m. Registration and Lunch

1:30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

1:35 p.m. Seizures and Epilepsy: What Every PCP Should Know

Korwyn L. Williams, MD, PhD

2:05 p.m. New Onset Seizures

Carolyn Hickman, PhD, RN, CPNP

2:35 p.m. Catastrophic Epilepsy

John F. Kerrigan, MD

3:05 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. How the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona Helps the Community

Laurie Boquist

3:35 p.m. Surgical Management of Epilepsy

P. David Adelson, MD, FACS, FAAP

4:05 p.m. Metabolic Diet Therapy for Neurologic and Other Conditions

Lisa Vanatta, MS, RD

4:30 p.m. Neuropsychological Outcomes in Pediatric Epilepsy

John B. Fulton, PhD

5 p.m. Adjourn for the Day


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