Paul H. Dworkin

This Supplement is the latest product of the Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD) Initiative, a partnership between the Johnson and Johnson Pediatric Institute (JJPI) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The goal of this Initiative is to integrate recent research concerning early brain development in children into existing systems of pediatric training and education, practice management, advocacy, and community involvement to ensure the successful application of these findings to the pediatric care of children.

The EBCD Initiative has promoted a variety of strategies to enhance the knowledge of child health professionals and derive clinical implications from basic science advances. Members of the EBCD Project Advisory Group have recognized the importance of addressing the training needs of both general pediatricians and clinicians with special interest and expertise in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. A recent seminar at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Washington, DC, presented by Martin Stein and Paul Dworkin, used the technique of case presentations to stimulate discussions of a wide range of important issues relating to childrenAEs development and behavior. Case-based learning has received much favorable attention as an educational technique consistent with adult learning

theory, with applicability to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. This seminar featured case presentations previously published within the Challenging Case feature of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, the official publication of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP). Marty Stein, since its inception in 1995, has edited this feature. The favorable feedback from workshop attendees encouraged the members of the EBCD Project Advisory Group to consider how this feature may be further used for educational purposes and to propose that the Challenging Cases be reprinted for self-study.

We applaud the decision to simultaneously publish this supplement within both Pediatrics and the Journal of Developmental Pediatrics. This will facilitate access to this useful material by both general pediatricians and specialists in child development. We are confident that readers of both journals will benefit from considering the rich array of clinical issues raised by the cases and the insightful discussions offered by experts in the field. The Supplement should be valuable whether readers wish to increase their capacity to address clinical issues within their practice, are engaged in self-study to prepare for Board certification in the field of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, or are seeking tools to enhance their effectiveness as educators.

The publication of this Supplement is the result of a unique collaboration among the JJPI, the AAP, the SDBP, and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, the publisher of JDBP. We are grateful to the many individuals who ensured the success of this project, including (but not limited to) Julia Freedman and Bonnie Petrauskas of the JJPI, Robert Perelman of the AAP, Kent Anderson of Pediatrics, Mary Sharkey and Marty Stein of JDBP and the SDBP, and Cordelia Slaughter of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

We are grateful to JJPI for their generous financial support. We encourage our readers to provide us with feedback on the educational value of this Supplement.



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