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When Trauma Reactions & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Overlap



This training was presented on
March 26, 2024



Training certificates are only available following live trainings or completion of self-paced courses. A certificate will not be provided for review of these materials.



This training will review characteristics of trauma-related disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, ADHD) in children ages birth through 5 years. We will review complex presentations and highlight the overlap and distinctions. We will also explain how broadening your perspective can help you to understand a child’s needs and link families to appropriate services to promote positive outcomes.


Participants will:

  • Examine the overlap between neurodevelopmental disorders and trauma
  • Explain why trauma-informed and developmentally informed approaches to working with children with developmental, social-emotional, and behavioral concerns are important for positive outcomes
  • Examine the importance of flexible perspectives and the value of treatment over time in understanding a child’s needs
  • Look at appropriate evidence-informed options for therapy

Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), community-based organizations, and other child- and family-serving systems.


Important Training Information:

  • This is an interactive training. Please be prepared to participate in activities such as group discussions, break-out rooms, and/or demonstrations. Your training experience will be best with the use of a webcam, audio, and a training environment conducive to active participation.
  • This training will be recorded. The recording will be available to registered learners within 2 days of the training.
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Yanan Guo is a licensed clinical psychologist at Rady Children’s Hospital Developmental Evaluation Clinic where she provides comprehensive evaluations for children 0-5 years with developmental, mental health, medical, and family needs.  She also provides developmental evaluations for Rady’s KidSTART program, a program for children ages 0-5 with complex developmental and mental health needs. Yanan is also a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA); she specialized in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder before starting her doctorate program, providing behavioral services and parent training. Yanan received her doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. 



Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Developmental Evaluation Clinic,
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

Meghan Lukasik has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1998 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 1999. Meghan specializes in the assessment of infants and young children. She has extensive experience in diagnostic assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders and early mental health concerns including childhood trauma.  In addition to providing direct clinical service, Meghan manages the hospital’s Developmental Evaluation Clinic and is the Co-Training Director for the clinic’s APPIC-approved postdoctoral fellowship program. She is the former clinical director of Rady Children’s KidSTART program; a program for children ages 0-5 with complex developmental and mental health needs.



Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Manager. Developmental Evaluation Clinic,
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

Mercedes Pratt is a licensed psychologist. Prior to joining the Developmental Evaluation Clinic at Rady Children’s Hospital in 2022, Mercedes gained specialized experience working with young children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays through her postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center- Children’s Health Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. In her current role, Mercedes specializes in comprehensive diagnostic evaluations of young children for developmental and mental health-related concerns. Her goal is to provide compassionate care, help families understand their child’s strengths and challenges, and guide them toward valuable services. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University and completed her predoctoral internship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.



Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Developmental Evaluation Clinic,
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego