Greetings from MCHB! I hope that Spring has finally arrived where you are.
I have several items I'd like to share with you for this issue of the newsletter, including the release of a HRSA/CDC Report on estimated autism spectrum disorder prevalence, and planned Autism Awareness Month Activities for April. Read more...
Iowa and South Dakota LEND Trainees Participate in ADOS-2 and ADOS-Toddler Workshop
Dire weather predictions and five inches of snow in mid-February proved to be no match for a group of hardy professionals and students from Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Dr. Amy Esler, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics from the University of Minnesota, conducted... Read more...
Act Early New Hampshire!
The New Hampshire LEND faculty and former trainees have provided ongoing leadership to coordinate a number of Act Early initiatives within the state in collaboration with NH's Title V program for CSHCN (Special Medical Services), the Association... Read more...
Systems Change for ASD/DD Initiatives in Washington State
In 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 to guide effective systems change for ASD/DD initiatives in Washington State. The Council is in its fourth year... Read more...
Connecticut DBP Sponsors 'The Amazing Brain: Select Topics in Neuroscience and Child Development for the Clinician'
The purpose of this webinar series is to introduce clinicians to exciting developments in neuroscience that provides complex and new understanding of developmental and behavioral disorders in children. Participants will gain... Read more...
The Autism Intervention Research on Behavioral Health (AIR-B 2): Deploying Evidence Based Strategies to the School Setting
The Autism Intervention Research on Behavioral Health (AIR-B 2) designed a three-year study to examine the implementation of proven-efficacious interventions for students with ASD in under-resourced schools. The AIR-B 2 team of principal investigators... Read more...
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network Update
The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) was formed in September 2010 when initial infrastructure funding was obtained from the Maternal Child Health Bureau. DBPNet is a collaboration... Read more...
University of Colorado/JFK Partners R40 Grantee Studies Support Program for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The growing prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has left many families in a position where they must decide how best to support their child's needs. Unfortunately... Read more...
New Jersey's State Autism Implementation Grantee Receives Two Awards
The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), which is based in New Jersey, will be awarded with the Project Oasis Neighborhood Development Corporation 2013 Community Outreach Award and the NJ Council... Read more...
Focus on Data: The State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC)
The mission of AMCHP is to support state maternal and child health programs by providing national leadership on issues affecting woman and children. In support of this mission, the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) ushered in 2013 with a vast... Read more...
Easter Seals' Make the First Five Count Campaign Provides Free On-Line Access to the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)®
Easter Seals, through the generous support of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, is now making it possible for parents and caregivers to track their children's development through age 5 through on-line completion of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire... Read more...
Collaborating Partners Address Issues Related to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
Universal newborn hearing screen and technological advances have provided children with hearing loss with the opportunity to achieve outcomes comparable to their typically developing peers. Unfortunately, children with hearing loss born into... Read more...
AUCD Celebrates April as Autism Awareness Month
AUCD joins the autism community in celebrating this month focused on raising awareness of the needs of families and individuals affected by autism and the research and training that is underway to address those needs... Read more...
25 Act Early Ambassadors Selected for 2013
Act Early Ambassadors will work as community champions with programs that serve young children and their parents, such as Head Start and Early Head Start, WIC, home visiting, and others... Read more...
Support Autism Awareness Month - Submit a Training Strategy to the Training Toolbox
With estimates of 1 in 50 children identified as being on the autism spectrum, now is a perfect time to submit an innovative training strategy to help those working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders... Read more...
LEND Accomplishments Under CAAI, 2008-2012 (Infographic)
The nation's 43 LEND programs, part of MCHB's Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI), are tasked with improving the lives of children who have or are at risk for autism and other developmental disabilities in part by promoting early screening, diagnostic evaluations, and interventions. For this infographic, AUCD examined data from the past four years of LEND CAAI activities in training the next generation or providers, training current professionals, screening and diagnosis of children, and disseminating publications and products.