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SC Home Visiting Summit                                            September 2012                                         ...
Who and What
Session Overview• Review the importance of early  identification of developmental  delays and early action.• Take a look a...
Let’s Get Started
Brief History • 2000       Children’s Health Act   established National Center on   Birth Defects and Developmental   Disa...
NCBCDD Mission• Promote the health of  babies, children and adults  and enhance potential for  full, productive living•   ...
Brief History • 2002 Cooperative agreements   with AUCD and MCH • 2005   LTSAE campaign begins • 2007-2010 Act Early Summi...
Brief History • 2008- present   Act Early State Teams     45 states • 2011- present  Act Early Ambassador Program   state ...
Act Early Initiative • State and national partners   work to improve early   childhood systems in each state   by:   1. en...
Act Early Ambassadors• Represent the Act Early  initiative• Promote LTSAE campaign,  messages and strategies• Develop netw...
Pop Quiz
True or False? • About 17% of all children will   experience some kind of   developmental delay? • Most children with a   ...
Learn the Signs. Act Early
Campaign Mission• To improve early identification  of children with Autism and  other developmental  disabilities so child...
LTSAE Components• Health education campaign• Act Early initiative• Research and evaluation
Research& Evaluation• Improve campaign materials  and implementation activities  and increase our understanding  of the fa...
SC Act Early Team•   State level team of agency leaders led    by David Rotholz, PhD, Director, CDR,    USCSOM•   Mission:...
Health Education• Promote awareness of  developmental milestones• Importance of tracking each  child’s development• Import...
Campaign Tools• Target audience: parents,  health care providers, early  educators• Research-based, easily  accessible, cu...
Baby Signs Video
Thoughts and Reactions
Other LTSAE Tools• www.cdc.gov/actearly
Early Warning Signs of Autism     An ACT Case Study
Take Home Messages• Change perceptions• Learn the signs• Stock your toolbox• It does take a village
Questions?
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Learn the Signs, Act Early

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J. Witowski presentation given at the 2012 South Carolina Home Visiting Summit

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Learn the Signs, Act Early

  1. 1. SC Home Visiting Summit September 2012 Jane WitowskiAcknowledgmentThe Act Early Ambassador project is a collaborative effort of the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Association ofUniversity Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to advance CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” programto improve early identification of developmental disabilities. The project is funded by CDC andHRSA.www.cdc.gov/ActEarly
  2. 2. Who and What
  3. 3. Session Overview• Review the importance of early identification of developmental delays and early action.• Take a look at LTSAE campaign, messages and materials.• Case study on the early warning signs of Autism.
  4. 4. Let’s Get Started
  5. 5. Brief History • 2000 Children’s Health Act established National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the CDC • 2001 NCBDDD created Div of Birth Defects and DD Div of Human Dev & Disability Div of Blood Disorders
  6. 6. NCBCDD Mission• Promote the health of babies, children and adults and enhance potential for full, productive living• 1 in 33 babies – birth defects leading cause of infant death• 500,000 children diagnosed with dev disabilities-usually after school entry
  7. 7. Brief History • 2002 Cooperative agreements with AUCD and MCH • 2005 LTSAE campaign begins • 2007-2010 Act Early Summits regional meetings 55 teams, 900 people
  8. 8. Brief History • 2008- present Act Early State Teams 45 states • 2011- present Act Early Ambassador Program state liaison to CDC’s LTSAE
  9. 9. Act Early Initiative • State and national partners work to improve early childhood systems in each state by: 1. enhancing collaborative efforts to improve screening and referral to early intervention services. 2. developing tools and resources to help states analyze and measure their system.
  10. 10. Act Early Ambassadors• Represent the Act Early initiative• Promote LTSAE campaign, messages and strategies• Develop network of state leaders to expand the LTSAE reach• Support the Act Early team• Promote ACT curriculum
  11. 11. Pop Quiz
  12. 12. True or False? • About 17% of all children will experience some kind of developmental delay? • Most children with a developmental delay are identified before entering school. • In the US, about 1 in 110 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. • Children usually grow out of a developmental delay.
  13. 13. Learn the Signs. Act Early
  14. 14. Campaign Mission• To improve early identification of children with Autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need as soon as possible.
  15. 15. LTSAE Components• Health education campaign• Act Early initiative• Research and evaluation
  16. 16. Research& Evaluation• Improve campaign materials and implementation activities and increase our understanding of the factors that influence early identification and referral Currently Funded Research Helping Family Practitioners Improve Screening Early ID and service connection among low- income, low literacy urban parents Reaching families at risk for child maltreatment Benchmarks for Early Screening and Testing Building Community Capacity for LTSAE
  17. 17. SC Act Early Team• State level team of agency leaders led by David Rotholz, PhD, Director, CDR, USCSOM• Mission: improve quality of life for children, youth and adults with ASD and their families.• Action Plan: Roadmap to developmental services, training for master clinicians to enhance competencies among pediatricians.
  18. 18. Health Education• Promote awareness of developmental milestones• Importance of tracking each child’s development• Importance of acting early if there are concerns
  19. 19. Campaign Tools• Target audience: parents, health care providers, early educators• Research-based, easily accessible, customizable and free• Variety of languages• www.cdc/actearly• www.cdc/pronto• 1-800-CDC-INFO
  20. 20. Baby Signs Video
  21. 21. Thoughts and Reactions
  22. 22. Other LTSAE Tools• www.cdc.gov/actearly
  23. 23. Early Warning Signs of Autism An ACT Case Study
  24. 24. Take Home Messages• Change perceptions• Learn the signs• Stock your toolbox• It does take a village
  25. 25. Questions?

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