Indiana's Roadmap to Services: When You Are Concerned Your Young Child May Have an Autism
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new figures on the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the United States. The CDC’s report indicated that the prevalence rate had climbed to 1 in 88 children. Among boys, the estimated rate is 1 in 54 and in girls, 1 in 252. In Indiana, based on 2011 census and child count data collected by the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Special Education, the prevalence rate is now approximately 1 in 83 in Indiana Schools. For families, the ability to receive a referral to obtain early diagnosis and services is a major concern and a vital step towards helping their child.
Indiana is one of several states benefiting from a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant focusing on earlier diagnosis and treatment for children with an autism spectrum disorder. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism and Riley Child Development Center at Indiana University and other key stakeholders across the state have partnered with the Indiana State Department of Health, through the Act Early Grant project, to develop materials that are focused on reducing the average age of diagnosis of children with autism as well as gaining earlier access to intervention services in Indiana.
This month, Indiana’s Act Early team will release a new publication for mass distribution. This free brochure, Roadmap to Services: When You Are Concerned Your Young Child May Have an Autism Disorder, provides information on the early signs of autism in the areas of communication, social skills, and restrictive or repetitive interests, steps for obtaining a diagnosis, and where to find additional services and supports. The brochure, designed in sunny colors and early childhood imagery, answers the question many families ask, “What if I’m told to wait to see if he/she outgrows it?” The resources in this brochure empower families to take the next step they believe will help their child now.
How to Obtain
This brochure, is available free of charge to any individual or organization in Indiana concerned with the development of young children. For more information, contact Cathy Pratt, Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism, at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printer-friendly PDFs are available below in English and Spanish. .