Massachusetts Act Early Team Awarded Grant Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

Massachusetts Act Early Team Awarded Grant Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

The “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) program provides educational information to parents, health care professionals and early care and education providers about the importance of early identification and intervention for children with signs of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD).
Act Early State Systems grants are awarded on a competitive basis to state teams to strengthen their state and community systems for early identification and improve coordination of early intervention services for children with signs of ASD/DD. The State Systems grants are for a two-year period and are designed to increase parent-engaged developmental monitoring by promoting the adoption and integration of LTSAE materials and training resources into programs and statewide systems that serve young children and their families.
A brief description of the Massachusetts’ two year project is described below:
Goals: To develop and broadcast a coordinated series of seven cable access television shows and three radio programs to be promoted, aired, and archived on multiple online platforms that will educate families from both mainstream and diverse cultures across the state and region about healthy developmental milestones and what to do about red flags for concerns in young children, with a particular focus on families from racially, culturally, economically and regionally diverse communities.
Year one of the grant will focus on development, review and evaluation of culturally competent content for radio and tv shows; recruitment of cable and radio stations, show hosts and panelists; training and rehearsing. Year two will focus on the actual taping of shows and dissemination to families across the state through online downloads and mailings. Translation of written materials in 7 languages will occur across both years of the grant. Data will be collected throughout the process and materials will be widely available to programs. Stay tuned for more details as this project is launched!
For lots of free resources and Massachusetts specific materials check out the Mass Act Early website: www.maactearly.org