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Autism Speaks, CDC and The Advertising Council Launch Program to Educate Teachers About Importance of Early Intervention for Autism
Date:9/24/2008

Autism Speaks, in partnership with the Ad Council and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), launch a new educational tool kit, Talking to Parents About Autism, designed to promote early intervention and encourage educators to speak to a child's parents if they suspect a developmental delay.

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 26, 2008 -- http://www.autismspeaks.org [Autism Speaks], in partnership with http://www.adcouncil.org [the Ad Council] and http://www.cdc.gov [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)]], announced today the launch of a new, groundbreaking educational tool kit, Talking to Parents About Autism, designed to promote early intervention and encourage educators to speak to a child's parents if they suspect a developmental delay. This is the first program to provide teachers with tools to prepare to begin this critical dialogue.

The new kit includes a Talking to Parents About Autism training DVD that features information and advice about how educators can best broach the topic of a potential developmental delay. Also included in the tool kit is an Early Childhood Milestone Map, which can be printed and distributed to parents so that they can more easily track their child's progress against the typical, age-specific developmental milestones. The entire kit, available in both English and Spanish, is available at www.autismspeaks.org.

According to the CDC, autism is one of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). ASDs are developmental disabilities that cause substantial impairments in social interaction and communication and the presence of unusual behaviors and interests. Many people with ASDs also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, and reacting to different sensations. The thinking and learning abilities of people with ASDs can vary--from gifted to severely challenged. An ASD begins before the age of 3 and
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