University of Missouri Partners with WIC Clinic to Discover Developmental Delays in Children

Columbia, MO – November 4, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Approximately 1 in every 110 American kids have Autism Spectrum Disorder; however, most kids from small income and minority groups are not diagnosed until after their kindergarten years or sometimes even later than that, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. A collaboration between Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program and University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders is facilitated to help early diagnosis and treatment of kids with autism & developmental delays who might not have the right access to proper care.

The aim of the program is to improve awareness of the signs of healthy child development to families in St. Louis City who partake in Women, Infants & Children, a program that promotes nutrition to small income expecting mothers with kids 4 years of age or younger. University of Missouri’s Thompson center facilitators work with Women, Infant and Children staff members to compile information from CDC’s LTSAE or Learn the Signs. Act Early promotion with the current services that each families receive. As families are certified for Women, Infant and Children (WIC), facilitators and the parents evaluate age-specific maturity milestone checklist of their kids and then encourages them to share the checklist with their kid’s primary caregivers.

St Louis City WIC websites highlights the important details of the campaign: know the indications of early childhood development; act as soon as possible if there is a concern; discuss it with your doctor. The handouts and graphics induces the families to check emotional and social milestone as they start the measurement for physical maturity, like weight and height.

The program’s benefit to families includes greater awareness, earlier screenings, and earlier services that will help the child get treated early for better chances of improvements.

This project is supported through a grant from the federal Maternal & Child Health Bureau, in partnership with the CDC. University of Missouri’s Thompson Center is 1 of the 4 organizations nationwide chosen for this 2 year project. For more information, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html

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