About Iowa Act Early

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Iowa Act Early is the state campaign for the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative working to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Iowa Act Early also partners with Iowa’s Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) to connect children and families to the services and support they desire early in a child’s life. Iowa Act Early was developed in 2016 with the mission to educate parents, healthcare professionals, and educators across Iowa about early warning signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as empower parents to acknowledge concerns they may have about their child’s development.
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye” are called developmental milestones. By understanding what milestones are important for a child to meet at certain times during their development, parents can recognize the possible signs of a developmental delay. Through Iowa’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. campaign, parents, family members and child care providers can be more informed, seek help, and advocate for a child should there be concerns of a delay. If you have a concern about your child’s development,  consult your child’s healthcare provider.   
If you have any questions, please contact Rachell Swanson-Holm, CDC’s Act Early Ambassador for Iowa at 515-955-8326 or rachell-swanson-holm@uiowa.edu.
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