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Webinar Recording and Resources - Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Developmental Disabilities


For many healthcare providers, it can be challenging to distinguish between behaviors associated with a developmental disability and behaviors resulting from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It takes coordination across multiple disciplines to ensure early and accurate diagnosis and treatment of ACEs and/or developmental disabilities.

Research has shown that individuals with disabilities are at increased risk for experiencing violence of all types, especially physical violence and sexual violence. Those with intellectual disabilities or cognitive impairments are at highest risk of violence.

Given the association between ACEs and risk of violence in adulthood and that individuals with developmental disabilities face a higher risk of both adverse childhood experiences and violence in particular, it is important to explore how to identify and address intersection of ACEs and developmental disabilities in children in a healthcare setting.

On March 5, 2019, CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) hosted a webinar titled "Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Developmental Disabilities" that provided a review of ACEs and their impact on behavior and development; information on how to identify the overlap of signs, symptoms, and risk factors of ACEs and developmental disability; and practical advice on how ACEs and developmental disabilities can be addressed in a healthcare setting.

View the full webinar and download a PDF of the slides on VIP’s Violence Prevention Tools page.


CHOP Resources Presented in Webinar

Center for Autism Research Roadmap (patient/family resource)

Center for Autism Research Roadmap Provider Directory

Center for Autism Research

ECHO Autism: twice monthly web-based case discussions


Local Philadelphia Resources Presented in Webinar


Children’s Crisis Treatment Center


Other Resources Presented in Webinar

Early Intervention: U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) 

Bright Futures Resources and Screening Guidelines: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Learn the Signs: Autism Speaks

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Sesame Street

Multiplying Connections

Materials for Positive Identity Development


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