A partnership between an autism research center and the state of Georgia is working to boost early detection and diagnosis of the disorder.
Research shows that 1 in 88 children in the U.S. have autism spectrum disorder, which includes developmental disabilities that affect ability to communicate, understand language and relate to others.
In Georgia, state and contract employees are being trained to work with day care operators and pre-K providers to identify early warning signs and support parents.
Research shows that symptoms can be detected as early as the first two years of life, and early intervention is key.
The center hopes to expand the partnership to other states and is working with the U.S. Department of Education to bring its work to Head Start programs nationwide.
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