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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- This morning, THV 11 is addressing three important issues that affect the health and well-being of our state's most vulnerable: babies.

    Teresa Belew with the state's Injury and Violence Prevention program was here with details.

    The Injury and Violence Prevention program has identified an evidence-based intervention to address three important issues that affect the health and well-being of our state's most vulnerable.

    Realityworks demonstration baby dolls offer an effective and unique tool to demonstrate the effects of:

    1) Shaken Baby Syndrome
    2) Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and
    3) Prenatal Drug Exposure

    Forty demonstration kits have been purchased and will be made available throughout the state for use by schools, daycares, community health, hospitals and injury prevention partners.

    Each doll has a specific curriculum and a specific message for expectant parents, parents, grandparents and caregivers.
    During the recent legislative session, Act 1208 specifically addressed the need for more educational programs to address Shaken Baby Syndrome. Another measure required signage be posted in certain establishments that sell alcohol in order to address prenatal alcohol exposure.

    Each kit contains three baby dolls and curriculum CD (available in English and Spanish) for each of the three emphasis.

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