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Learn the Signs. Act Early.
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It's time to change how we view a child's growth.
Do you know all the ways you should measure your child’s growth? We naturally think of height and weight, but from birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks and acts. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even autism. The good news is, the earlier it’s recognized the more you can do to help your child reach her full potential.

Video - Baby Steps: "Learn the Signs. Act Early."
Early recognition of developmental disabilities such as autism is key for parents and providers. CDC realized the impact on families and invested in a campaign to help parents measure their children's progress by monitoring how they play, learn, speak and act. Click here to view the video.

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CDC would like to thank the following organizations for their contributions to the development of the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Campaign:

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Health and Safety Tip:
For information on preparing, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters, visit the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Development Tip:
Did you know that physical activity in infants and children affects social, emotional, and cognitive development? Find out more on the Child Care Aware website.

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Date: October 02, 2008
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

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