Be Early/Act Early: Your Role in Identifying Young Children with Disabilities including Autism Webinar
11:30 am ET - 1:00 pm ET
This webinar is a collaborative effort between AUCD and the North Carolina Autism Alliance. It is targeted to statewide Local Interagency Council (LICC) members and others involved with services to young children and their families. The presenters will provide information on the importance of child find and early identification of at-risk children birth to five; behaviors that place a child at-risk for developmental delays/disorders; early warning signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASD); resources that can be helpful in early identification of young at-risk children; and participants' role in early identification, including how to refer to the appropriate services.
Rebecca E. Pretzel, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Services, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, UNC-CH
Rebecca Edmondson Pretzel, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill. Becky is the Director of Services at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and also serves as the N.C. Act Early Ambassador in collaboration with the CDC's Act Early Initiative. Her areas of interest include early identification and assessment of young children who have or are at risk of having developmental delay/disability; specific expertise is in diagnostic and treatment planning for children with significant and complex disabilities.
Elizabeth Crais, PhD, is a Professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Betsy has been active within early intervention for over 35 years, first as a practicing speech-language pathologist and then as a university professor, clinical supervisor, and researcher. She is the Co-Principal Investigator of a project focused on home-based intervention and an Investigator on a preschool project for children with or at-risk for autism. Her research focuses on the early identification of and intervention with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with or at-risk for ASD, as well as the implementation of family-centered assessment practices.
Lauren Turner-Brown, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and licensed psychologist from the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at the University of North Carolina. Through ongoing research projects, training of students and professionals, and an active preschool diagnostic clinic, Lauren has expertise in the early identification of children with autism spectrum disorders, with a particular interest in early screening and intervention.
Laura Curtis, MAT, MEd, is the Coordinator of the NC Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) at the Early Intervention Branch, Women's & Children's Health Section, Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health & Human Services. The ICC ensures the development and implementation of a coordinated interagency service system for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities or developmental delays and their families and serves as the state level advisory board for early intervention services. Laura has been involved with early intervention for over 13 years. Her areas of interest include family support, coordinating programs across diverse organizations, and creating collaborative environments.