2019 Autism Symposium for Primary Care Providers

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Community Regional Medical Center
Sequoia East and West Conference Rooms

Program Materials

The Autism Landscape: Diagnostic Challenges in a Complex Topography
Bryan H. King, MD, MBA
Lisa and John Pritzker Family Distinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry,
Vice President for Child Behavioral Health Services at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, UCSF Department of Psychiatry

The Shifting Landscape of Funding and Laws in California for Autism Diagnosis and Therapies
Deborah L. Pepaj, Esq., Attorney specializing in Special Education Law

Implementing Routine Autism Screening in Your Practice
Patrick Shea, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Fresno Department of Psychiatry

ABA 101: What it is and isn’t
Linda Copeland, MD, BCBA, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Fresno Department of Pediatrics

Navigating the Autism Roadmap: From Diagnosis to Services and Supports  Throughout the Lifespan
Moderated by:
Marianne Jackson, PhD, BCBA
Associate Professor, California State University, Fresno Department of Psychology


1. Discuss the latest research on the causes of autism and effective interventions
2. Describe the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability in functioning that can occur in people with autism, and how these evolve throughout the lifespan
3. Explain how the diagnosis of autism is made
4. Describe the evolution of ABA therapy and its current role in patients with autism
5. Make appropriate and timely referrals for diagnosis and interventions for patients with autism and other related conditions
6. Identify local resources that support individuals with autism and their families

Target Audience:
Primary Care Physicians (e.g. pediatricians, family medicine physicians) and Advanced Practice Providers.

Confidentiality Statement:
Any Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) discussed in this meeting is intended for learning purposes only and is not to be discussed outside of the conference.

Faculty/Planner Disclosure Summary::
The following speakers and planners have indicated that they do not have relevant financial relationships with commercial interests

Bryan H. King, MD, MBA
Deborah L. Pepaj, Esq
Patrick Shea, MD
Linda Copeland, MD, BCBA
Marianne Jackson, PhD, BCBA
Sarah Ellis
Mike Ellis
Lowell Ens
Heather Flores
Timothy Foster, MD
Amanda Nicolson, PhD, BCBA

All potential conflicts of Interest have been resolved.
Thank you to the following for their support of this educational activity.

Questions? Contact Summer Connery at cme@fresno.ucsf.edu or (559) 499-6406