LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University
of Louisville's Autism Center at Kosair Charities will kick off a statewide
program April 1 to help parents, teachers and caregivers recognize the early
signs of autism.
The ongoing campaign, "Learn
the Signs. Act Early In Kentucky," steps up outreach efforts during
April's National Autism Awareness Month with free, public workshops, webinars
and print materials that can be downloaded from a website.
"We want our message to
reach anyone and everyone who spends time with children," said Scott
Tomchek, co-clinical director for UofL's autism center and Kentucky ambassador
for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Act Early program.
The campaign is a partnership
that includes the autism center, University of Kentucky Human Development
Institute, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Cabinet for
Health and Family Services and autism support groups.
Harold Kleinert, executive
director of UK's Human Development Institute, said the statewide push to
increase the public's understanding of autism and related disorders can have a
"Doctors rely, in part, on a
parent's observations when it comes to assessing a child's developmental
progress," Kleinert said. "So educating the public helps the doctor
who, in turn, can find ways to help children who aren't reaching developmental
milestones when they should."
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