Our cultural delegates, Fatuma and Dafne, conducted outreach at the Minneapolis Open streets event. They connected with a large number of families of young children about the the importance of developmental monitoring and early developmental screening. There will be more open streets events throughout the summer, so look for our table.
Our delegates, Dafne and Alma, conducted outreach at the St Paul Cinco de Mayo event. The weather was beautiful and we were able to reach out to a large number of families of young children about the the importance of developmental monitoring and early developmental screening. A great outreach event.
Increasing Learn the Signs Act Early and MN Help Me Grow Awareness through the work of Diverse Cultural Delegates, was selected to be included among the Breakout Sessions at this year’s national Help Me Grow Forum. Jennifer Hall-Lande will present with community partners Asli Ashkir (MDH), Marty Smith (Help Me Grow), and Kathy McKay (Help Me Grow). MN Act Early/Help Me Grow Parent Delegates (Fatuma Irshat, Monica Cruz, Mai Chang) presented their community outreach work.
MN Act Early hosted a webinar on November 1st with partners from the Minnesota Department of Health focused on increasing knowledge of interpreters who are working in educational and medical settings and supporting children and families. Topics included: early brain development, screening, Help Me Grow, and Autism. Event speakers: Asli Ashkir, MN Department of Health Shawn Holmes, MN Department of Health Katy Schalla Lesiak, MN Department of Health Jennifer Hall-Lande, MN Act Early-University of Minnesota This event will be re- recorded and posted here in the future. A copy of the slides from the event can be found webinar-for-interpreters-early-childhood-screening-and-intervention-ppt. You can view this [...]
Please check out our webinar Building Connections with Hmong Families This webinar presents culturally specific and relevant strategies for professionals working with Hmong families with young children. Cultural views of disability and child development are discussed.
The national ADDM (Autism Developmental Disabilities Monitoring) network released new ASD prevalence rates. Our MN-ADDM is new to the ADDM network, so MN numbers are not yet included, but will be for the next data release. Some key findings taken from the ADDM data release (dated 3/30/2016) are as follows: --The estimated percentage of children with ASD remains high - about 1 in 68 or 1.5% of children were identified with ASD. The new report shows no change between 2010 and 2012 in the percentage of children identified with ASD; however prior reports show an increase between 2002 and 2010. [...]
MN Act Early attended and shared MN Act Early materials at the University of MN Autism Initiative Day on Friday, April 8th at the MN Masonic Children's Hospital. Both MN Act Early and MN Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) network presented a poster on their collaboration. The UMAI Day is a half day event with professionals sharing updates on research and practice related to autism spectrum disorder.
The Minnesota Act Early team has events geared towards teaching families about developmental milestones and screening. One of our main goals is to reach out to diverse families and children. During these events, we may read to kids or offer games while teaching families about children’s development through “developmental milestones.” Developmental milestones are skills that most children achieve by a certain age. They include how your child plays, learns, speaks and acts. By hosting an event in the community, we are able to provide information about those milestones, talk about the importance of screening and where to get screened, handout [...]
The Minnesota Act Early Team in partnership with The Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) bring you informational webinars to learn about best practices in developmental screening for healthcare providers. Recent Webinars: Best practices in developmental screening for healthcare providers on October 1, 2014. Described best practice developmental screening recommendations for health care providers. Identified resources for health promotion and referral for child development. Described how to access and utilize Minnesota's child find system, Help Me Grow, for online referrals. Listed standardized screening instruments appropriate for use in developmental screening of young children. View a recording of [...]