University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Iowa Act Early

Iowa Act Early is the state campaign for the national Learn the Signs Act Early program to educate parents and professionals about healthy childhood development, early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, the importance of routine developmental screening, and timely intervention. Learn the Signs Act Early is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration.

What to do if you're concerned about your child's development

As a parent, you know your child best. If your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age or you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, act, or moves, talk to your doctor and share your concerns. Click here for information about how to talk to your doctor, milestone checklists, and validated developmental screening tools.

Free materials for Health Care Providers, Families, and Early Care and Education Providers

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