Act Early Network
The Act Early Network is a collaborative initiative that supports you and the work in your state to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities. The Act Early Network comprises three parts:
- Act Early Forum: An email discussion forum and Act Early webinars. Click here to read more.
- Act Early Ambassadors: Early identification champions in 29 states and one organization. Click here to read more.
- Act Early State Systems Projects: Seven funded projects for improving early identification. Click here to read more.
The Network is a joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). CDC’s "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program is the foundation of the Act Early Network. For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/ActEarly or ActEarly@cdc.gov.
- post your resources
- learn new information from other state teams
- easy way to request or share information nationally
Act Early Ambassadors Project
The Act Early Ambassadors 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 Act Early Initiative and act as a community champion or change agent to increase awareness activities and improvement of early identification practices.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Please join the next Act Early Webinar as we welcome Susan Bertonaschi, Director of Health Promotion at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to introduce the Healthy Beginnings System of Care project. This project was designed to address the goal of helping young children become and stay healthy, develop well, and thrive socially and emotionally in order to achieve academic success.
Location: Washington, DC
The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices, and effective outreach strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners, directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers and health care providers.
Materials from Past Events
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
This session will provide an overview of the guidelines for developmental surveillance and screening outlined in the clinical report Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation (Pediatrics, June 2013). An overview of the Identifying Children with Motor Delays Algorithm for surveillance and screening will be provided. At the end of the session attendees will be able to implement improved motor screening as part of anticipatory guidance and well child care. Specific examples will facilitate recognition of the signs and symptoms of various types of muscular dystrophies.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
This session will cover the care coordination and co-management of children who have or may have a Neuromotor diagnosis.
3:30pm ET - 4:30pm ET
The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014 or the Autism CARES Act (H.R. 4631; S. 2449) will reauthorize the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 for five years.
Late on July 31, the Senate passed the Autism CARES Act by unanimous consent. The bill now goes to the President for signature.
A new report, Impact Findings from the Head Start CARES Demonstration (July 2014) finds that all three enhancements had positive impacts on teacher practice and on children's social-emotional outcomes during the preschool year, although in varying degrees and not necessarily in the expected ways. The report was published by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
AUCD webinar - February 2014
Funded through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the LEND Pediatric Audiology Training Program supports 10 LEND programs to increase the didactic content and clinical experience of trainees in pediatric audiology. This webinar used a combination of information from the literature, retrospective chart review of children with a dual diagnosis and feedback from family and professional focus groups to assist the learner in understanding the unique needs of children who are deaf/hard of hearing with an autism spectrum disorder. Red Flags for atypical communication were presented as well as information about the needs related to communication, functional skills, and integrated care models.
Welcome to the 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). This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge. Whether you are a parent, family member, friend, physician, clinician, childcare provider, or educator, it can help you see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags for ASD. All of the children featured in the ASD Video Glossary as having red flags for ASD are, in fact, diagnosed with ASD.
U.S. Representatives Mike Doyle (PA-14) and Chris Smith (NJ-4), released a report describing autism-related research and service activities carried out by the US Government over the last four years. This report, which was required by the Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006, describes action that the Federal Government has undertaken since enactment of the CAA, primarily in the fields of research and services. The report highlights the positive impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and noted the effectiveness of behavioral health treatments for children with autism.