Developments, December 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Developments, a project of AUCD and ITAC, in partnership with SPHARC.
   December 2014   |  Vol. IV, Issue 1
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Developments is a newsletter for grantees of the Autism CARES legislation (Formerly Combating Autism Act Initiative - CAAI). Published by AUCD’s Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) in partnership with AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC), this newsletter allows grantees and partners to share current news, activities, events, research, and accomplishments in autism and related developmental disabilities with program faculty, students, and supporters. Sections of the newsletter are regularly devoted to each of the grantee groups (research, states, LEND training and DBP training), as well as MCHB and our collaborating partners.

MCHB Minute

MCH Research Program Update


The MCH Research Program supports both research networks and investigator-initiated research projects to determine the evidence-based practices for interventions and to advance best practices for early identification. Consistent... Read more...


Laura Kavanagh, Director of MCH Workforce Development on New Detail

mch training logoLaura Kavanagh, Director of MCH Workforce Development, will be on a full time detail for six months as the Senior Advisor for Organizational Development, beginning December 1. She will be advising Dr. Lu and the MCHB leadership team. During... Read more...


Training Topics

The Child Born Preterm Growing Up

logoStanford University DBP Program has contributed several recent papers that contribute to understanding the neurocognitive outcomes of prematurity: Loe, Chatav, and Alduncin, 2014. Complementary assessments of executive function in preterm and full-term preschoolers in Child Neuropsychology... Read more...


Missouri LEND Takes Training to the Cloud

LOGODidactic classes specific to Autism Spectrum Disorders from TIPS for Kids (Missouri's LEND) have previously been shared by the University of Missouri-Columbia via video conference with professionals and family members who meet at the UCEDD. This year, the LEND decided to offer the presentations as videos in an online training for professionals, families, and graduate students across the state of Missouri. The online training, offered free of charge, is designed so… Read More...


New Hampshire LEND Faculty and Trainees Collaborate with State Title V Program on an Autism State Planning Grant

logoIn 2013, the state of New Hampshire was awarded a two-year State Planning Grant for Improving Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities (the "ASD State Planning Grant") through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health... Read more...


The Center for START Services and the New Hampshire LEND Program Announce a New Partnership

logoThe Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire is excited to announce a unique graduate-level interdisciplinary partnership between the Center for START Services and the NH LEND. "This relationship allows future leaders to develop a broader understanstanding of what is needed to promote positive health and mental health practices... Read More...


Alaska LEND Meeting Training Needs for LCSWs in Rural Alaska

logoSpanning distances of over 800 miles, Alaska LEND without Walls is getting needed training out to Licensed Clinical Social Workers in rural Alaska who need specific training for licensure. In November 2014, AK LEND offered the training "Ethics in MCH Practice: Interdisciplinary Decision Making"... Read More...


WI MCH LEND Training Program Now Includes Milwaukee-Link

logoThe "Milwaukee-Link" addition to the Madison-based Wisconsin LEND program provides opportunities for former MCHB-funded Pipeline undergraduate trainees and others who are in graduate school at UW-Milwaukee (UWM) to participate in the WI LEND program and receive leadership training... Read more...


South Carolina Presumptive Eligibility Policy Dramatically Increases Access to Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Young Children at Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder

sc lend logoThe South Carolina Act Early Team and the South Carolina LEND Assistant Training Director have, through diverse membership of state agency and community organizational leaders, led the way with a policy of presumptive eligibility... Read more...


PCDA supports LEND fellows from the University of Washington LEND program and Children's Hospital Los Angeles UCEDD/LEND Program

pcda logoProfessional Child Development Associates (PCDA) is a non-profit agency in Pasadena, California that is recognized for expertise in the DIR/Floortime® Approach to interdisciplinary care for children with special health care needs and their families. This model takes into account the child's feelings... Read more...


VT-LEND Announces "Videos on Developmental Screening Practices and Autism Spectrum Disorders Diagnosis for Somali Bantu Families"

logoVT LEND Director Dr. Contompasis and VT LEND Family Faculty Ms. Fatuma Bulle collaborated with Vermont's Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs Program to create educational fact sheets for parents of children recently diagnosed with autism in Burlington's growing refugee resettlement community... Read more...


Birmingham's "Autism Friendly" Baseball Game

logoFaculty and trainees from the UAB LEND participated in the planning and support of the Birmingham Barons' first "Autism Friendly" minor league baseball game in May. In collaboration with a number of local service providers and parent support networks, including the Autism Society of Alabama, the UAB LEND provided suggestions... Read more...


UW LEND: Innovative Systems Change for ASD Initiatives

logoIn 2008, Washington State DOH/CSHCN and UW LEND received one of the first rounds of grants under the Combating Autism Act 2006 and formed the Combating Autism Advisory Council (CAAC) to guide effective systems change for ASD/DD initiatives in Washington State... Read more...


Research Roundup

AIR- P Updates

>Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical HealthIn 2014, with support from AIR-P, network members developed six ASD toolkits on the following topics: sleep in adolescents, pica, vision exams, delivering feedback to families, and feeding behavior. Two evidence-based guidelines on the topics of treating children... Read More...


Introducing the Healthy Weight Research Network for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder & Developmental Disabilities

logoThe HWRN focuses on eating patterns, eating behaviors, family practices around food/mealtimes, as well as physical activity and sedentary behavior patterns and the relation of these to weight status. The HWRN also considers how school and community-based organizations exert influence on children's food intake... Read more...


The Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) Expands

logoThe Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) is excited to announce the recent addition of two new associate member sites to the network. The network welcomed Doug Vanderbilt from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Sandra Friedman from Children's Hospital Colorado... Read more...


State Stories

North Carolina State Implementation Grant Provides Intensive Autism Diagnostic Training to Part C Interdisciplinary Teams

logoThe overarching goals of the North Carolina ASD State Implementation Grant (NC SIG) are to Increase the number of children with ASD who are identified by 24 months of age; increase the number of children with ASD who receive their first interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluation by 36 months of age... Read more...


Implementing a Statewide Autism Plan for Georgia

logoThe Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University was awarded a two-year grant from MCHB in September 2014 to implement the Autism Plan for Georgia (APG). They have worked over the last several months with their Autism Advisory Council and other key stakeholders to implement targeted activities in ten areas... Read more...


State Grantees Meet for Peer-to-Peer Exchange on Developmental Screening and Beyond

Celebrating Autism AwarenessOn August 5, AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) held a Peer-to-Peer Exchange on "Screening and Beyond: Improving Systems for Developmental Screening and Early Identification" in Baltimore, Maryland. Hosted by the Maryland autism state implementation grantee team... Read more...


Collaborators' Corner

Environmental Scan: State Strategies and Initiatives to Improve Developmental and Autism Screening and Early Identification Systems

logoThis report includes initial findings from an environmental scan of source documents in an effort to capture the range of developmental screening activities occurring within all U.S. states and territories. A companion fact sheet on state performance measures related to developmental screening and early identification is also available... Read more...


AMCHP PULSE Newsletter on Early Childhood and Youth Development

logoAMCHP's bi-monthly, topic-specific e-magazine, AMCHP Pulse, is shared with the entire AMCHP family, including members, partners, and others interested in MCH issues. The November/December issue focused on various topics related to child and youth development... Read more...


Autism Speaks Early Access to Care Initiative

logoAutism Speaks' Early Access to Care initiative seeks to reduce the average age of diagnosis and increase access to high-quality early intervention for all children on the autism spectrum. According to the CDC, the average age of diagnosis is 4-5 years, but a reliable autism diagnosis can be made as early as 18-24 months... Read more...


The Autism NOW Answer Series

logoThe Autism NOW Answers Series allows readers to ask experts a question. Two questions are selected each month to answer. Center co-director Amy Goodman, an individual with autism, has filmed more than 30 short YouTube videos as part of the Autism NOW Answer Series... Read more...


ITAC Items

AUCD Unleashed: The Power of Engagement

logoThe 2014 AUCD Conference theme reflects our goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. View transcripts, photos, and other materials here.


Act Early Update


Thirty-one Act Early Ambassadors who serve as state liaisons to the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) project have implemented several innovative and effective strategies to reach target audiences and improve early identification of Autism  and developmental delays... Read more...


2014 CAAI Virtual Activities

logoIn 2014, ITAC and SPHARC hosted a series of virtual events for CAAI grantees (now Autism CARES grantees). This year, grantees had an opportunity to share their successes and discuss topics of mutual interest in a virtual environment. Activities began during Autism Awareness Month (April) and ended with an interactive poster symposium in July. The archived materials can be found here


Sixby15 Campaign Early Childhood Initiatives

Update on the MCHB Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral HealthMembers of the AUCD network believe that early childhood intervention and developmental screening are priorities for children. We hope that by the end of 2015, at least six states will have increased their current rate of developmental screening for children birth to three by 15 percent, and at least six states commit to improving... Read more...

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MCHB Minute
Training Topics
Research Roundup
State Stories
Collaborators' Corner
ITAC Items
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