Chair: Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH

Members: Richard Solomon, MD and Traci Swink, MD

The Profectum medical working group includes professionals from medicine, nursing and allied health fields including developmental optometry and nutrition, who work with children and families living with developmental disabilities especially disorders of relating and communicating. All medical health professionals are welcome to join and play a role in developing Profectum Academy’s medical curriculum. This curriculum will be advanced through webcast lectures integrated into the Profectum Academy teaching tracks and will also be discussed in real time webinars through multidisciplinary case discussions with experts and colleagues as well as in depth individualized case analysis through the Profectum mentoring process. At all times the medical concerns will be integrated with a DIR model perspective with the goal of helping each individual feel and function as well as possible and be the most engaged and present for his ongoing multidisciplinary team approaches.

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Health and well being – a foundational capacity for development
  • Promoting a medical home for children, adolescents and adults living with ASD and other developmental disabilities
  • Defining the unique presentation of ongoing medical concerns that complicate developmental progress for these individuals
  • Understanding how behavior change can communicate that a child is not feeling well
  • Best Practice approaches for appropriate medical evaluations in this population including the following:
    –  Nutritional issues
    –  Seizures
    –  Genetic complications
    –  Gastrointestinal disorders
    –  Sleep concerns
    –  Allergy/immunology complications
    –  Chronic infections
  • Understanding and treating co-morbid neurobiological disorders using a target symptom approach to consider medication management including:
    –  Anxiety
    –  Compulsive-sameness-oriented-repetitive behavior
    –  Hyperactivity, impulsivity, distractibility
    –  Explosive aggression (including self-injurious behavior)
    –  Mood changes (including depression and/or manic symptoms)
    –  Stereotypic motor movements (including tics and Tourette Syndrome)
    –  Motor planning and sequencing issues
    –  Delusions, hallucinations and bizarre behavior
  • The art and science of medication management to alleviate target symptoms and support developmental progress
  • Alternative biomedical approaches – the pros and cons and potential risk
  • Learning issues – how to evaluate and special considerations for treatment
  • Visual/spatial issues – how to recognize and treat in all settings life span issues – defining illness presentation as the individual ages