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Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye bye" are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).

Development Screening Tools

Developmental and Behavioral Screening Tools: (Birth to 36 Months) and Autism Screening Tools: (Birth to 36 Months).

Autism Speaks Video Glossary

ASD Video Glossary, an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Kentucky Family Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Kentucky Family Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders

This comprehensive guide was developed by parents, professionals and individuals with autism spectrum disorders to answer the question: "When your child was first diagnosed, what information did you need most?"

Early Identification of ASD Module created by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Summation of current best practices regarding early identification.

Overview of Early Intervention

A resource developed by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.

Information on Vaccine Concerns

A resource developed by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Autism Internet Modules

Autism Internet Modules

The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has published a 100 Day Kit that contains information and advice for families to use during the first 100 days following the diagnosis of autism. It contains a week by week plan, as well suggestions and forms that families can use as they begin to find services for their child.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Webinars offer timely information from experts and have the flexibility of being viewed at your convenience without the expense of travel.

It's Better to Know

View the "It's Better to Know" campaign to create awareness about ASD.

The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have published a free online video to improve the recognition of the early signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) among pediatricians, parents and early intervention providers. Bringing the Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders Into Focus (2013, runtime 9:03 minutes) consists of six video clips that compare toddlers with no signs of ASD to toddlers with early signs of ASD and includes an explanation of how the specific behaviors exhibited by each child are either suggestive of ASD or typical child development.



If your child is under age 3, contact the First Steps Program. Referrals should be made to the Point of Entry (POE) for your local area. The POE list can be found at the First Steps website or by calling (800) 442-0087.

If You're Concerned Talk to Your Child's Doctor

As a parent, you know your child best. If your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, or if you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, speaks, or acts, talk to your child's doctor and share your concerns. Don't wait.

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Identification and Evaluation of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This report addresses background information, including definition, history, epidemiology, diagnostic criteria, early signs, neuropathologic aspects, and etiologic possibilities in autism spectrum disorders.

Regional University-Based Diagnostic Centers

Listing of regional multidisciplinary diagnostic centers.

Positive Parenting Tips

A child's development can be followed by how she or he plays, learns, speaks, and acts. Parents play a critical role in their child's development. Providing a safe and loving home and spending time together - playing, singing, reading, and even just talking - can make a big difference!

Sound Advice on Autism

To answer parents' questions about autism, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers a collection of interviews with pediatricians, researchers and parents.

To Do List for Families

List of actions that you can take to educate yourself about autism and how to obtain services.

Early Childhood Resource Guide Created to Help Families and Providers

The purpose of this guide is to help service providers and families refer young children to appropriate programs and services from prenatal stage through age 5.


Autism Related Support Groups in Kentucky

The 45 + support groups across the commonwealth are working to bring together families and professionals, promote autism awareness and create supportive communities. State-wide Listing [PDF]


The statewide mission of KY-SPIN, Inc. is to empower and support individuals with disabilities and their families to effectively advocate for and access needed information, resources and support networks in order to enhance the quality of their lives.

Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities

The mission of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities is to create change through visionary leadership and advocacy so that people have choices and control over their own lives.


ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Division for Early Childhood

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and other special needs.

Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children

Mission is to provide a united voice dedicated to improving services for children in Kentucky with emotional, social, and behavioral challenges.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC)"Learn the Signs. Act Early." National Campaign

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), in collaboration with a number of national partners, launched a public awareness campaign called "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Key Objectives:

  1. Educate parents about key developmental milestones.
  2. Increase health care and childcare provider awareness of the importance of early intervention in diagnosing and treating developmental disorders such as autism.
  3. Increase parent-provider dialogue on the topic of child development and developmental disorders.
  4. Increase early action on childhood development disorders. Specifically, seek to increase screenings and early intervention among children with potential developmental disorders.

"Kentucky Learn the Signs. Act Early." State Team aims to support state and regional systemic efforts to promote the early identification and intervention for children with signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other Developmental Disabilities (DD). Members of the Act Early Team include membership from parent organizations, universities, mental health, public health, early education, day care, elementary and secondary education and disability agencies.

Tools and resources developed by the Kentucky "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Campaign are research-based, free and easily accessible.

We are excited to announce that the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign TV, radio and print public service announcements (PSAs) are ready for distribution!

Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassador Project

The Act Early Ambassador project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts to improve early identification practices. It is a collaborative effort on behalf of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). Act Early Ambassadors serve as state liaisons to the Learn the Signs. Act Early. initiative. State liaisons work as.. Article Continued

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Be A Family's Champion, Learn the Signs

Take a moment to "learn the signs" and become a champion by helping a family to "act early" when there is a concern of developmental delay.

Autism Case Training: A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum

The "Autism Case Training (ACT): A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum" is designed to educate future healthcare providers on fundamental components of identifying, diagnosing, and managing autism spectrum disorders through real life scenarios.

Development Screening Tools

Developmental and Behavioral Screening Tools: (Birth to 36 Months) and Autism Screening Tools: (Birth to 36 Months).

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