Connections and CenterLines are published quarterly by the Center for Disabilities and Development at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.


Provides families with current information on child and adult development, issues affecting people with disabilities, and resources available to them and their families. The newsletter is available in print, in Spanish, and by e-mail.

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Recent CenterLines Newsletters


Spring 2018: Early Intervention ImPACT therapy, free eBooks for early readers, Autism ‘Innovations in Research and Care’ Conference in April, Provider Highlight: Shelley Mockler- Physical Therapist, University of Iowa analysis finds more children are diagnosed with Autism than thought, Recreational Adapted Equipment and providers in Iowa


Winter 2017: University of Iowa Joins SPARKS National Online Autism Registry, Books for Tweens in the Disability Resource Library, Provider Highlight, Recipes to Make with Kids, NEW Caregiver Guide for Families Following an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis, Getting Ready for Winter: Assistive Technology to Help Stay Safe Outdoors and Chore Services Providers.

Fall 2017: Self-Care in the Wake of an Autism Diagnosis, Activities and Events in Iowa, Provider Highlight, Behavioral Interventions of Individuals with Autism Workshop, Energy Bars Recipe, Suggested Books to Explain Autism to Family, Friends and Children on the Spectrum, Prechtl’s General Movements Assessment for Cerebral Palsy, How Do I File a Discrimination Complaint Based on Disability?, Assistive Technology and the American with Disabilities Act

Summer 2017: Setting Practical and Meaningful Goals, Top 10 Iowa Attractions to Visit this Summer, Easy and Healthy Recipes to Make with Kids, Provider Highlight, Why Iowa Compass Rewrote Tip Sheets in Plain Language

Spring 2017: Benefit from Iowa Waiver Services, PrepKids Program, Easy and Healthy Recipes to Make with Kids, Crowdfunding as an Assistive Technology Funding Source


Winter 2016: Early Hearing Loss Detection and Intervention, Screening, Diagnosing and Treating Children with Autism, Autism Technology for Autism Related Wandering

Fall 2016: Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care for Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Transition Clinic at CDD, Assistive Technology in the Transition Plan

Summer 2016: Disability Resource Library, Summer Handwriting Program, ASAP kits, Travel Planning Assistance, Accessible Vacation Destinations

Spring 2016: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), CDD Reads Program, Educational Services, The Michaelson Lab, Alternative Instructional Materials



Updates on current information from Iowa’s University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, our Healy Clinic and research efforts at the Center for Disabilities and Development.

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children playing in the sand at a park
woman with bicycle
Big sister helping younger brother to walk in his walker outside
Doctor looking over baby boy who is being held by his mother