To celebrate the 10th birthday of Learn the Signs, Act Early, the Centers for Disease Control is offering free online materials for parents, and credit-bearing professional development for early educators and health professionals. These gifts are on the Act Early website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/.
For Parents in Spanish and English: Amazing Me—It’s Busy Being 3! This book is for children two to four years of age. It is about Joey, an amazing 3-year-old kangaroo. Joey is very excited about all that he can do now that he is three. As parents read this book to their children, they will learn about what to look for as the child grows and develops. Parents can read this story to their child online or have a hard copy of the book. Each page with a koala bear has a star and developmental milestone at the bottom. Parents should see if their 3-year-old is able to do what Joey does.
Download the FREE iBook or PDF version or order a FREE print copy at www.cdc.gov/AmazingMe.
For Early Educators: Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns FREE VIDEO TRAINING IS AVAILABLE FOR CREDIT! Early care and education providers can access a FREE, 1-hour online continuing education course. The Watch Me! videos are in 4 modules that engage the viewer in child care scenes. The modules take a total of an hour to view. They show how teachers/caregivers monitor the development of the children in their care and talk with parents about developmental concerns. For continuing education credit, complete all 4 modules, each quiz and a final evaluation.
Access this free video training at www.cdc.gov/WatchMeTraining
For Health Professionals – Autism Case Training (ACT) Online CE Course
This free, web-based, continuing education course consists of three modules with PowerPoint and video components. Users can view and complete all the materials online. The modules have facilitator guides for using the modules in a group. The content focuses on how health professionals and future health professionals can identify, diagnose, and care for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Early educators can use the free, online access to this module to explore what is known about the symptoms and treatment of autism too. Go to www.cdc.gov/AutismCaseTraining. The training is approved for health professionals to earn credit for: CME, CNE, CEU and American Board of Pediatrics’ MOC (Part 2; 20pts).