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Information for Healthcare Providers

This site has information for health care providers, including information on screening tools and free educational materials to give to patients. “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” materials are not a substitute for standardized, validated developmental screening tools

What is “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” and how can it help me?

The Health Care Provider Primer is a one page resource sheet that explains the benefits of using LTSAE materials in pediatric settings. It also offers information on how to access materials and easily integrate them within practices. Primer in English[PDF - 949 KB] Primer in Spanish[PDF - 840 KB]

Scripted, Narrated Presentation

View this brief presentation to learn about the FREE tools offered by “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” and how you can share them with the parents of the young children in your care: [Click to open the presentation]

Milestone Checklists

Milestone Checklists
You can print out milestone checklists for parents to complete. You can give this to a parent before their child’s next well-child exam visit; they can bring it back filled out to use as a discussion guide for reviewing their child’s development.

Developmental Screening

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child
Developmental Screening
Information on developmental screening especially for health care providers from CDC. Includes facts, how to incorporate screening into your practice, research, interventions, and more.
Developmental Screening Tools
A list of developmental screening tools, both general and specific to ASD. Find descriptions of the tools, including sensitivity and specificity.
M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers)
Download the M-CHAT, instructions and permissions for use, scoring instructions, and follow-up interview. The follow-up interview is designed to reduce the false positive rate (meaning children who fail the M-CHAT but are not likely to have ASD).
Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Detailed information on signs and symptoms so pediatricians can recognize and assess ASD in their patients from American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Guidelines and Recommendations
Find guidelines and recommendations related to developmental screening, developmental delays, and autism.
Developmental Screening/Testing Coding
This fact sheet for primary care pediatricians provides guidance on how to appropriately report limited and extended developmental screening and testing services from American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
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Autism Information 
Information from CDC on autism, including information on research being conducted by CDC, other federal agencies, and states, in addition to resources and activities for children to help them learn about autism.

For more information on Autism Services and resources in Iowa visit the Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) website here.