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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

If you have questions about Act Early materials email Diandre G. Thomas or call (502)852-2467.

    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).