February 2022

Team Updates

Upcoming Meeting

Tuesday, March 22nd, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Goal Focus #5: Statewide Coordination
Agenda to be determined

Past Meeting Materials


Upcoming Bright Spots Webinar

Bright Spots Webinars are an opportunity to highlight innovative efforts to improve systems of care and support for children with autism and other disabilities and their families.

ECHO Autism WI Hub team members Amy Lyle, MSSW (social worker) and Molly Naef, DNP (parent) shared a technology-enabled collaborative learning approach to increase access to expert autism knowledge. Waisman Center’s ECHO Autism WI is a training series for primary care providers. The ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) model uses a technology-enabled collaborative learning approach to increase access to high-quality specialty care in local communities.

Ambassador Updates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun to roll out the revised "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) materials. Changes to the new materials include:
  1. Additional milestone checklists for 15- and 30-months of age;
  2. Removal of videos and photos on the Milestone Tracker App;
  3. Decreased number of milestones listed for each age;
  4. The removal of "red flag" language in the books.
Even with the roll out of the revised materials, the CDC encourages dissemination of any materials that were printed before the revised versions were made available. Please visit the Act Early Wisconsin website to order customized, print materials. If anyone has questions about the new materials or use of the printed materials, please contact Kris Barnekow.

The Washington Post covered the CDC's developmental milestones updates in this article: Developmental milestones just changed for the first time in years

Partner News

Updated Birth to 3 Program Resources

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Family Voices of Wisconsin partnered to develop these new video fact sheets:
Access these videos and a variety of other outreach materials for families and professionals on the Birth to 3 Program First 1,000 Day Campaign webpage.

Perspectives lecture series for professionals who serve children with autism

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Division of Developmental Medicine recently launched a speaker series designed for healthcare providers and disability service professionals who work with children with autism and other developmental differences.

Perspectives on Multidisciplinary Care for Children with Autism, otherwise known as the Perspectives Series, will focus on research and service/training models designed to make developmental care more accessible for children with autism and their families, presenting perspectives from a range of pediatric disciplines. This series will be conducted quarterly via interactive webinar, with all lectures being held on Fridays at 12 noon CST, unless otherwise stated.

This Perspectives series is organized by Drs. Paul Dressler and Jeff Hine. Dr. Hine co-presented with Amy Weitlauf and Mary Fleck at our October 2021 State Team meeting on the efforts of the Vanderbilt Treatment & Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) to increase diagnostic capacity.