CASE 1    |    Sierra Burnes

CASE 2    |    Shirley Carter

CASE 3    |    Bradley Leonard (Butch) Sampson

CASE 4    |    Henry and Ertha Williams

CASE 5    |    Sherman (Red) Yoder

CASE 6    |    Charles Robert (Chip) Jones


CASE 8    |   Mrs. Millie Larsen

CASE 9    |    Ms. Julia Morales

CASE 10    |    Miss Patricia Verloren

CASE 11    |    Abel 

CASE 12    |    Heddy

CASE 13    |    NAME

CASE 14    |    NAME

CASE 15    |    NAME

CASE 16    |    NAME

CASE 17    |    NAME

Facilitator Guide

Thank you for being a facilitator for the 2020 VIPE.  

Below you will find information about being a facilitator.  


  • We do not expect facilitators to teach in sessions.   

  • We understand that one may not be an expert in what the VIPE case is covering. Do not stress that you may not know anything about the content!   

  • The purpose of VIPE is for the students to chat amongst themselves.   

  • If there is input that you would like to add, then please do.   

  • This is not a teaching session.   

  • If the students ask you a question, please feel free to pose the question right back to them.  Ask them what they think?   


If conversations get slow please refer to the break-out group questions below.  These are questions that you can ask the students to reflect and discuss.(students have access to similar questions in their LMS).  


To Do List: 

  1. Please encourage students to fill out pre and post surveys. 

  2. Ask the students to briefly introduce themselves and identify their school and program or change their name on Zoom to their name + profession 

  3. Each group will nominate one student to act as speaker and report out the larger group after meeting in small groups. This student should take notes on a Google document.  

  4. If the student is quiet, please call on them to include them in the conversation 

  5. Encourage the students to have their camera on and be in a quiet place, conducive to learning 

  6. Do not teach, let the students speak 


If the group is quiet: questions to help stimulate conversation.  

General questions 

  1. Knowing what you know from materials shared, what kind of services are going to be needed by the child and the family? Consider Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. 

  2. Is there a cure for autism?   Where can you access more information that is evidence-based?  (Autism Speaks, CDC)   

  3. What are the parents doing right (from your perspective) in caring for their child and managing the complexities of this situation? 

  4. What issues/needs do you anticipate this family might be faced with across the lifespan of this child? (when does Abel age out of the public school system?, age of parents, geographic location, pediatrics v adult healthcare) 

  5. What community-based services might this family need to support them? 

  6. Does your profession provide training with working with children on the spectrum? 

  7. In the course of your career, there will be things you don’t know how to manage. What resources might you utilize to assist you in your patient care delivery?  

  8. How might you facilitate patient and family-centered care? Are there specific issues to consider? 

  9. What kind of assisted living facilities are located in the state you live in for adults with autism? 

  10. How does regional/local funding affect health care for special needs children and families? 


Interprofessional/collaborative care questions 

  1. What is the role of the_____?  

  2. In what ways would an interprofessional/collaborative practice approach to care benefit our patient/family? 

  3. Are there any other providers you would consult?  

  4. What do you think gets in the way of or are barriers to communicating with other professions?  

  5. How might you reach out to another professional if you don’t have the necessary expertise? 

  6. Engage the client- patient-centered care: the patient is the expert over their intersectionality. Ask the client how they prefer you as the provider to engage with them. Meeting the patient where they are. 


You do not have to cover all of these questions. This is solely if the conversation is slow, you may pick from these focused questions: 

  • Public Health: Population health/psychosocial questions  

    1. What unmet needs do you see for the family in this case? 

      • What community resources could you refer the patient to, given the health needs of the patient and family dynamics involved?  

    2. What can the disciplines represented here do at a systems level to address: lack of systems in place; coordination of care; navigate various systems and supports?  

    3. What role does public policy/public health play?  

      • ie. Coverage for children: Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Respite 

    4. How do finances and financial coverage for services play a role? 

    5. Let’s talk about autism and causes: 

      • How do vaccines play a role in this family’s understanding of autism?  

      • Do vaccines cause autism? 

      • Does air pollution cause autism? 

    6. What are specialized school plans for children for children autism? 

      1. Do you have specific recommendations for this child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). 

    7. Let’s talk about family impact: 

      1. What awareness do you have of Murder-Suicide rates high with families? 

      2. What are the rates of divorce of parents who have children with autism? 

      3. Rates of financial bankruptcy in children with autism 

      4. No housing for older adults with autism when parents die 

    8. How do we advocate for patients like this (health policy perspective)? 

    9. What is your plan for this patient in their new residence? 

    10. Is there a specialized school for autism in your state? What are the waiting times to be admitted if there are openings? 


  • Speech 

    1. Will Abel learn to speak? 

    2. What do food jags mean? 

    3. Will Abel have swallowing problems? 

    4. How does speech pathologists work with a child with autism? 


  • Nursing 

    1. What are the priority physical and mental health needs you identify for Abel? For the family? 

    2. What disciplines can/should nursing partner with in order to meet optimal health needs of Abel and his family? 

    3. If you are Abel’s school nurse, what needs do you anticipate will be addressed? 

    4. How can you advocate for vaccines for Abel? 


  • OT 

    1. What are OT’s role in IEP 

    2. What is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy 

    3. What is Respite? 

    4. Do OTs deal with Issues with sleep, GI, and general behavior (mild self-harm) 


  • PT 

    1. What is a PTs role in IEP? 

    2. What is IEP? 

    3. Does a PT work in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) or Respite? 


  • Pharmacy 

    1. Are vaccines the cause of this? 

    2. What do you think of Abel’s medications? 

    3. Would any other medications be indicated for Abel at this time? If so which and why? 

    4. What would be the preferred medication dosage form for Abel? 


  • Dentistry 

    1. What do we need to do for Abel in regards to oral health? 

    2. Do children on the spectrum need to go to the dentist more often? 

    3. How do you support a child on the spectrum when doing an oral exam? 

    4. Do we need to be concerned about Abel’s dental cavities or will they go away? 


  • PA 

    1. Does the child need medications? 

    2. What is the best support mother and family? 

    3. Is the mother suffering from Depression/anxiety? 

    4. What is the PA role in caring for a child with autism? 

    5. How do you consult other providers? 


  • NP  (FNP/PNP) in Primary Care 

    1. What clinical issues would a primary care provider be able to address for Abel at this time? (constipation, nocturia) 

    2. What is the referral process for ABA therapy, Speech and Language therapy, OT/PT services outside the home? 

    3. How can/would a primary care provider partner in care with the school that Abel will be attending? 

    4. Referrals to support groups in the region, to SW case worker to help with services and to Developmental Pediatrician for ongoing oversight  

    5. Link to the Respite care services in the community if available funding is present