Stephen Viehweg, Assistant Research Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, has been working with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to help increase the narrative of early autism identification and other behavioral issues. The national age of identification is still four years, and Stephen is working hard to bring that number down.
The involvement of the CDC has brought about an extensive set of materials that parents can easily use and interpret. A milestone chart indicating age specific development is helping parents better monitor the growth of their children along the spectrum. Additionally, parents are given extensive evidence-based resource tools to use in the event their child does not reach a particular milestone indicator.
Viehweg is excited by the growing confidence programs such as the CDC involvement has given families in remaining participants in a greater community of autism treatment and research.
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