Learn the Signs.  Act Early.

Rachelle Swanson-Holm presents information regarding Iowa’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign. The objective of this webinar is to increase awareness of the campaign and to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, so children and families can get the services and support they need as early as possible. This webinar identifies free resources available to assist families, early care and education providers, and health care professionals to support early childhood developmental monitoring.


About Face: A New Look at Child Development and Attachment Through the Lens of Neuroscience

Dr. Lane Strathearn, Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Physician Director at the University of Iowa’s Center for Disabilities and Development, presents information regarding research conducted in the Attachment and Neurodevelopment Lab, discusses how face-to-face parent-infant interaction promotes healthy social and emotional development, explains the mechanisms through which adverse childhood experiences may adversely impact child development, and explores some specific examples of parental psychopathology and potential effects on parenting capacity.

*Please note:  the Internet connection became unstable near the beginning of the webinar, causing the recording to freeze in two locations.  The issue does  resolve itself, however. 


The Guts and Fats of Strong Cognitive Health

Melanie Schmidt presents information on how the type of foods children eat can influence cognitive health.

*Disclaimer:  The thoughts and opinions expressed in this video are those of the presenter, and do not necessarily represent those of the IAIECMH.  


NAMI Iowa Children’s Mental Health Coalition – Statewide Call to Action

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Infant Mental Health Endorsement:  What, Why and How?

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Young Children and Autism Spectrum Disorder (PDF of slide presentation)

Quality in Home-Based Family Support Programs (PDFof slide presentation)