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    April 16th – Act Early Forum Webinar: Text4Baby Mobile Information Service and Act Early Collaboration Opportunities

    April 14, 2015

    AUCD Act Early is sponsoring a Webinar for learning more about a novel communication tool, Text4baby, which offers information and resources during pregnancy and the first year of a baby’s life. Learn about the Text4baby service and how the program provides information on important developmental milestones for babies and the importance of screenings.  More information and registration.


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    Program Director Job Opening

    April 8, 2015

    Wheeler clinic has a Birth to Three Program Director position open. For more information click here.  


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    What Birth to Three Looks Like! Now available on website.

    April 6, 2015

    You will see several new pages on the Birth to Three website: What Birth to Three Look Like: Natural Learning Environment Practices, Coaching as a style of interaction, and Primary Service Provider approach to teaming.  These pages explain our research supported practices, contain references for more information, and links for useful tools for families and providers.  The pages can be accessed in two different ways: under About Birth to Three from the menu on the left side of the home page, and under the Resources tab at the top of the website. We hope this will put important information about Birth to Three services … Continue reading


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    B23 Banner at the Capitol This Week

    March 30, 2015

    B23 Banner posted across from the Capitol this week! Planning to visit Hartford this week? Be sure to pass by the Capitol building and look at 165 Capitol Avenue across the street. When Governor Malloy looks out his office window this week, he will see a 3 foot tall Birth to Three logo and our intake phone number next to the message, “Life is full of Surprises.  Call Birth to Three if your baby isn’t developing as expected.”  Hundreds of passersby have seen  our public awareness banner every year since 2006.  This week, you can too!  


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    Free child car seats & training for Naugatuck Valley parents

    March 23, 2015

    DERBY (WTNH) – Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley, Griffin Hospital and The Derby Elks are teaming up to offer a free training on child car seats and a seat giveaway. It’s on Wednesday, April 15 from 2-6 p.m. at Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach parking lot, 4 Mountain St., Derby. This training will help answer questions about safety requirements for children in various car seats. At the end of this training, participants will receive a free seat appropriate to their child’s needs and instruction on proper use. To be eligible for the giveaway, participants must preregister. Free seats are limited, so the program … Continue reading


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    Don’t get closed out of upcoming Birth to Three trainings with national presenters!

    March 9, 2015

    Check out the Birth to Three Calendar to register for the exciting trainings coming up this Spring including: Young Children’s Play in Early Intervention/Early Childhood: Description, Assessment and Intervention The training will be presented on April 24, 2015 by  Karen Lifter, Ph.D., Northeastern University – author of Developmental Play Assessment. _________________________________________________________________ Effects of Stress & Trauma on Social-Emotional Development of Infants & Toddlers This is a ONE day training that will be presented on three different dates in three different locations around the state, making it convenient for all Early Intervention providers to attend.  The training is with nationally recognized presenters, Jane Ellison, … Continue reading


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    SSIP Phase I Final Draft available

    March 2, 2015

    The final draft of Phase I of  Connecticut’s State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is online for review. Click here to view the final daft of Phase I approved at the stakeholder meeting. Please contact Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov with any questions or suggested edits no later than March 16th, 2015 This is a sample of what the report will look like once it is entered into the online system called GRADS360. To learn more about the SSIP and how Connecticut’s stakeholders got to this point, please visit the SSIP webpage at http://www.birth23.org/accountability/spp/ssip/ also available via the Birth23.org Home page menus on the left under … Continue reading


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    Parent-Led Intervention Improves Outcomes for Toddlers With Autism

    March 2, 2015

    A recent research study reports that toddlers with autism have demonstrated significant improvement after intensive intervention by parents rather than clinicians. Parent-led intense intervention during everyday activities resulted in significant improvements in several areas for children diagnosed with Autism.  Parent-Implemented Social Intervention for Toddlers With Autism: An RCT Additional research found that that parent-led  intervention may lower the risk for toddlers that are at high risk for autism.  


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    Another Great Video!

    February 17, 2015

    If you haven’t bookmarked the Desired Results video library yet, now is a good time.  Be sure to let families know about this resource as well. Team Lydia Rose: Supporting Inclusion Every Day in Every Way (16:18) This video illustrates how inclusive practices should begin as early as possible. In the first part, Janelle describes her two year old daughter’s birth, early weeks in the NICU, and her stroke at four months old. In the second part, Janelle is joined by Lydia Rose’s child development center teacher and her early interventionist as they discuss and illustrate a range of topics … Continue reading


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    Reflective Supervision Groups Forming Soon

    February 17, 2015

    Aileen McKenna is meeting with Margaret Holmberg and Heidi Maderia from CT Association of Infant Mental Health to discuss starting up several new reflective supervision groups for Birth to Three providers. If you are interested or want more information please contact Aileen McKenna at aileen.mckenna@ct.gov or 860-418-6136.


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    Linda Bamonte, DPT was published!

    February 10, 2015

    Congratulations to our own Linda Bamonte, DPT for her article in this recent APTA Journal!


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    Rush & Shelden Training

    February 10, 2015

    Nine Birth to Three programs recently participated in several days of training with national presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden on Evidence Based Practices in Early Intervention.  Everyone was excited and challenged to expand our thinking about our practices with children and families .  Now we will be moving forward with TA to the nine programs who attended, to support them in implementing these practices on a deeper level.  We are exploring ways to disseminate this information and practices to more programs.  In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more their books, The Early Intervention Teaming Handbook and … Continue reading


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    Birth to Three Training – Developing Effective Sensory Diets – March 5 & 6

    February 6, 2015

    The trainer, Glen Wild MOT, OTR is a national presenter specializing in work with children with autism and sensory processing disorders. Learning objectives for this session include: (1) identify the three types of sensory modulation disorders; (2) utilize assessment results to formulate an effective sensory diet plan; (3) define the essential components in teaching self- modulation skills; (4) access research-based tools for creating visual sensory diet supports; (5) utilize provided forms and checklists to empower parents to support the children in their daily environments; and (6) identify sensory strategies to appropriately meet the needs of individual children.  Register through Birth … Continue reading


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    SPP/APR submitted and Tables by Program Posted

    February 3, 2015

    This is a link to the final combined (63 page) State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR).  It was submitted to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs on January 29th, 2015.  The format is completely different from previous years.  For more information about the SPP/APR, click here.  The new Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP has not been included since it is not due until April 1, 2015. The public reporting tables that report performance by program or county have also been updated and are available here. You can find them anytime on Birth23.org under How Are We … Continue reading


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    FY14 Annual Data Report is available online

    February 2, 2015

    “Learning From Each Other” is the FY14 annual data report to the Governor and General Assembly about the activities of the CT Birth to Three System.  Explore data, read about the joys and challenges shared by families and providers, and learn how Birth to Three supports and collaboration with community partners made a positive difference for almost 10,000 families last year! Here is a direct link http://www.birth23.org/files/ADR/AnnualReportFY14.pdf and all of the reports can be found by visiting Birth23.org and clicking About Birth to Three > Annual Data Reports.  


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    OT Birth to Three Position

    January 26, 2015

    The CT. Birth to Three System currently has an opening in the Training Department for an Occupational Therapist with experience in delivering Part C services to children and families.  A main job responsibility is to develop and conduct training and provide technical assistance to Birth to Three private providers.  Closing date is February 2, 2015.  Birth to Three OT Job Posting.


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    What Are Other State Part C Systems Doing?

    January 20, 2015

    The IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) recently posted the results of two 2014 surveys related to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) online.  These have interesting information about what is going on in other states. 2014 ITCA Tipping Points Survey – Part C Implementation: State Challenges and Responses – This survey is used to help track emerging issues and state responses related to eligibility, finance and decisions regarding continued participation in the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA). Forty‐eight of the fifty-six states and jurisdictions responded to the … Continue reading


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    IYC Article about Using Signs from ISEI

    January 20, 2015

    The following is from an email  to members the International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI).  Anyone can join for free and get these emails by signing up at their website listed below. ========================================== The journal Infants & Young Children (IYC) is published in conjunction with the ISEI.  As part of this relationship, the publisher of IYC has made available on the ISEI website (www.isei.washington.edu) an article from each issue of IYC for our members.  The article for this issue of IYC is: Using Signs to Facilitate Vocabulary in Children With Language Delays Susan Hendler Lederer, Ph.D., CCC/SLP and  Dana Battaglia, … Continue reading


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    Circle of Security Parenting Training for Professionals

    January 16, 2015

    Circle of Security Parenting Training© is a DVD parent education program offering the core components of the evidence-based and internationally acclaimed COS® protocol. This 4-Day seminar trains professionals to use an eight chapter DVD to educate caregivers.  As noted on our Birth to Three Calendar, there is a training in New Britain, CT. in June 2015.  If you are interested in forming a group in order to secure a discounted rate, please contact linda.bamonte@ct.gov.


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    The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities Announces the availability of funds through the Consumer Involvement Fund.

    January 13, 2015

    The Consumer Involvement Fund  (CIF) is a program that provides partial funding for individuals with developmental disabilities or their family members in Connecticut to participate in professional or informational conferences, legislative advocacy skills training events, public forums, focus groups, hearings and other similar activities. The intent of the CIF is to promote consumer involvement in activities that enhance independence, productivity and community inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. For more information contact  Molly Cole, Director CT Council on Developmental Disabilities, 460 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT  06106, 860-418-6157, 800-653-1134, Molly.cole@ct.gov Please share this with others in Connecticut.  


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