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Dinosaur Discoveries

Dinosaur Train Partners with CDC for Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month! The first step to helping a child with autism is detecting it early. Learn how!

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April is Autism Awareness Month and Dinosaur Train is getting on-board with a brand-new “Junior Conductors Academy” episode in which Buddy and his siblings become friends with Dennis Deinocheirus, a dinosaur who knows a LOT MORE about dinosaurs than Buddy, but has some trouble making friends. Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, and Don learn a lot of new things at the Junior Conductors Academy – and make a new friend in Dennis. Like all dinosaurs, their new friend Dennis has his own dinosaur features. And, like all of us, he has strengths in some areas and challenges in others.

Dinosaur Train has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” initiative, aiming to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need.

MilestonesMatter_ParentKit[1]Making sure that all children have the help and support they may need to overcome challenges, find their strengths, and reach their full potential, starts early. While little ones are busy tracking dinosaurs, parents and other care providers can track their little ones’ milestones!

Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are examples of developmental milestones. Tracking developmental milestones helps you better understand your child’s abilities and gives you important clues about your child’s developmental health.

Try it!

  • CDC’s free “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” milestone checklists make tracking milestones easy and fun. Get to know all your child’s features by tracking milestones from as early as 2 months of age using CDC’s free milestone checklists found here:
  • If your child is missing milestones for his or her age or you ever become concerned about your child’s development, talk with your child’s doctor. Don’t wait. Acting early can make a real difference! For more about what to do if you have a concern, visit

Development Milestones

Spread the word!

  • Print and share this brochure and the above checklist and spread the word with friends, parents, grandparents and others who provide care for young children about the importance of tracking early childhood developmental milestones and acting early on concerns.
  • Tell your child care provider or early educator about the FREE online training (with credit!) to help them help YOU track your child’s milestones and communicate with you about your child’s progress:

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Get a free children’s book from CDC!

Meet Joey, an amazing 3-year-old kangaroo who is very excited about all that he can do now that he is three. Joey doesn’t know it, but these amazing things are called developmental milestones, and they’re a very important part of each child’s growth.

This book for children ages 2-4 will show you what to look for as your child grows and develops. Whether you read this story to your child online or have a hard copy of the book, ask your child to find the koala bears. Each page with a koala bear also has a star and milestone at the bottom just for you!

Amazing Me is available in a wide variety of formats including a Spanish translated PDF and an interactive online storybook!


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