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Act Early Toolkits Help Parents Spot Developmental Disorders

7/21/2005:   The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) recently launched "Learn the Signs. Act Early," a campaign to help parents identify developmental concerns in their young children and educate the public about developmental disorders and their warning signs.

NCBDDD and its partners, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Alliance for Autism Research, have created Act Early Toolkits for parents to monitor their children's developmental progress from birth to age 5 using age-based milestones marking the changes and behaviors generally expected from babies and children at certain ages. The kits also contain fact sheets about developmental disorders seen in children, such as cerebral palsy or autism.

Downloaded or order kits online.

NCBDDD is using its Act Early initiative to inform parents that their children's growth is not merely physical and to equip them with tools to detect developmental disorders early.


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