Birth to Three Blog

    Infant and Toddler Food FACTS

    November 3, 2016

    Birth to two years is a critical period for developing healthy food preferences and eating habits and preventing childhood obesity. Baby Food FACTS provides a comprehensive analysis of the nutritional content of food and drink products marketed to parents for their babies and toddlers (up to age 3), the messages used to promote these products, and how well the marketing messages correspond with expert advice about feeding young children. Click Here for the Summary sheet in English Click Here for the Summary Sheet in Spanish .


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    Sensory-friendly Performance of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

    November 2, 2016

    The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED‐NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and returns to The Bushnell stage by popular demand this holiday season.  The Sunday, December 11, 2016, 10am performance is a sensory-friendly performance. Please use the code SENSORY when purchasing online or via The Bushnell Box Office (starting September 17) to access tickets for the Sensory Friendly Performance of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.  Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.


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    New MOU with BESB-DORS

    November 2, 2016

    The CT Office of Early Childhood and the Board of Education and Services for the Blind, Dept. of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) recently established a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate supports for families of children who have confirmed visual impairment, legal blindness, or are deaf/blind. Please click here for the details and the full MOU.


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    Third Party Medical Record Requests

    October 31, 2016

    Efforts to protect the confidentiality of young patients’ medical records have recently produced requests by at least one large medical center that the B23 provider include a copy of the parent’s photo ID with signature (e.g., driver license) with the signed authorization so that signature verification may be obtained.  A per-page fee may also be charged. Here are links to two medical centers’ information and Authorization to Release forms: CT Children’s Medical Center – medical record information Yale New Haven Health – medical record information


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    Research Supporting Parent-Led Intervention for Children with Autism

    October 28, 2016

    As noted in Disability Scoop, for the first time, researchers say they have evidence that parent-led intervention for young kids with autism continues to yield gains several years later. Children who participated in an intervention between the ages of 2 and 4 displayed less severe symptoms six years later, exhibiting fewer repetitive behaviors and better social communication, according to findings published this week in the journal The Lancet.


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    New trainings and webinars added to the Calendar

    October 28, 2016

    Please check out the Birth to Three training calendar for recent additions of trainings and webinars that may be of interest!  Some topics include: Annual CT. Down Syndrome Conference with discounted rates for Birth to Three personnel, Fragile X Conference,  webinars on dual language learners and gluten-free diets in the pediatric population.  The Natural Learning Environments training on November 16th still has a few spots left.  Don’t get closed out!


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    Webinar: A Deeper Dive into the Dual Language Learner Toolkit

    October 28, 2016

    Research tells us that young children who are Dual Language Learners (DLLs) benefit when they continue to learn their home language while learning English. Early childhood programs can optimize the learning experiences of Dual Language Learners by holding high expectations and capitalizing on their cultural and linguistic strengths. In this webinar, Suzanne Thouvenelle from the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), and Jennifer Amaya-Thompson from the Administration for Children and Families, will take us deeper into exploring the Dual Language Learner Toolkit available on the ECLKC. w do program administrators, teachers, caregivers, family service staff, and families effectively support … Continue reading


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    “Save Birth to Three” Facebook Clarification

    October 25, 2016

    Despite what some have heard there have been no cuts to the funding of the Birth to Three System. Last year there was a $6 million deficit and the Connecticut General Assembly covered it. This year Birth to Three was allocated the same amount of state funds (a.k.a. “level” or “flat” funded) so there is another shortfall predicted this year. The State has to change how Birth to Three programs are paid, both for families with children who are eligible for Medicaid and for those who are not. The new billing rates have not been proposed yet and will not … Continue reading


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    Secondary Transition and our SiMR

    October 20, 2016

    First, if you don’t know what our SiMR is, click here then come back. This article about secondary transition is nicely aligned with what want for our families in Birth to Three. “The most powerful force in changing transition outcomes for young people with significant disabilities is not ultimately found in the transition plans we craft, the educational services we offer, the instruction we provide, or the systems we build, but rather in the expectations and aspirations individual parents hold for their sons and daughters.” http://supportstofamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/parent-expectations_D21.pdf    


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    SPOTLIGHT On…….

    October 18, 2016

    In recognition of LEARN and their recent support of a family that found themselves in  a very challenging situation.  According to their program director, a member of the team was able to use the family eco-map and resource-based coaching to help the family develop a plan and tap into their resources at a critical time of need.  This team has been participating in Birth to Three trainings on coaching practices that increase the family’s confidence and competence in meeting their child’s and family’s needs.  Birth to Three providers from all programs support families like this each and every day.  Thank you for … Continue reading


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    Fragile X Conference SOON

    October 11, 2016

    Targeting Social Skills and Behavioral Strategies for School, Work and Fun Saturday, November 12, 2016 8:00 am – 5:00 pm University of Connecticut Health Center Farmington, Connecticut Featuring Internationally Renowned Fragile X and Autism Spectrum Disorder Experts Jennifer Epstein, PsyD Licensed Clinical Psychologist Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD Yale Child Study Jonathan Picker, MBChB, PhD Boston Children’s Hospital $60 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch and a conference binder. CEU credit & Attendance Certificate available on request. Online Registration or http://www.eventbrite.com    and search for “Fragile X” Register by October 29, 2016 In lieu of Online Registration, pay by Check, made payable to “NFXF” … Continue reading


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    Birth to Three Unsung Hero

    October 11, 2016

    Many of you may have read or heard about the Office of the Child Advocate’s recent report on Baby Dylan. Dylan was 13 months when he was removed from his biological parents by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and put in a relative placement with a cousin of his mother. In this placement, Dylan was badly abused and neglected, resulting in broken bones, malnourishment and near death. What you may not be aware of is that Birth to Three was involved in this case. A social worker with one of our programs made nine separate reports to the caseworker … Continue reading


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    SSIP Evaluation Update

    October 3, 2016

    FY16 (July 15-June 2016) was last year.  Now we are in FY17 and we are reporting to OSEP about what we did in FY16 ……but to them it’s FY15. Sometimes we use FFY 15/ SFY 16 just to be clear because even though the Federal FY and State FY look different, it’s the same year. So what does this have to do with the SPP /APR and SSIP?   Well, we are looking at how to summarize what we did during FFY15/SFY16 to reach our State-identified Measureable Result or SiMR.   The SiMR is here. On page 52 of this PDF (Phase … Continue reading


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    Join in Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Baby IDEA

    September 28, 2016

    Colleagues, This October marks the 30th Anniversary of the passage of Public Law 99-457, which established Part C and mandated Part B, Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As key partners in improving results and upholding the rights of infants, toddlers, and preschool children requiring early intervention and special education services, OSEP invites you to join in celebrating this important occasion! Throughout the week of October 3-7, 2016, OSEP will run a campaign showcasing many perspectives from the field, including researchers, families, practitioners, and even individuals who participated in early childhood services through Part C and … Continue reading


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    Zika Facts – An Updated Overview

    September 22, 2016

    When a family asks you about Zika prevention as they plan a trip to an affected area, what do you say? Here is a quick overview of what is currently known about the Zika virus, the  exposure effects on prenatal development and adults, and how to arm yourself with knowledge – and mosquito repellant!


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    It’s Flu Season – CDC update and guidance

    September 19, 2016

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance for the 2016 flu season. This season’s vaccines have been updated to better match more recently circulating influenza viruses. CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 months or older receive an influenza vaccine every year, by the end of October if possible. However, CDC continues to recommend that influenza vaccination efforts continue as long as influenza viruses are circulating in the community. Significant seasonal influenza virus activity can continue into May, so vaccination later in the season can still provide benefit during most seasons. One big change for the … Continue reading


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    SPOTLIGHT ON…

    September 13, 2016

    Shout Out to Theracare!  50 of their program’s staff have already completed the online training module on the IFSP!    Way to Go!!! Take advantage of this online training on the IFSP at your convenience (30 minutes in length) and receive a certificate of completion when you are done!


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    Rave Reviews for the Provider Support Team and Birth to Three Providers!

    September 8, 2016

      National experts, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden, have applauded the strides Connecticut has made in increasing knowledge and implementation of best practice in Early Intervention. Rush and Shelden have been providing annual training and technical assistance to support Connecticut’s Activity-based teaming practices. The Birth to Three Provider Support Team has been providing training and technical assistance to enhance their work.  Some of Dathan and M’Lisa’s comments on what they are seeing: “It’s clear that you have been doing A LOT of work to move practices forward in CT” “It’s the first time EVER on the first call that all … Continue reading


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    Evaluations and Screenings – OSEP’s View

    September 7, 2016

    A  policy letter was recently issued from the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education to a parent that clarifies screenings, multidisciplinary evaluations and eligibility. For the details on who, what, when and how, click here.


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    A Doctor’s View on Supporting Families

    September 7, 2016

    Does this sound familiar??  Families do not always agree with research-based recommendations.  We do our best to reach common ground and move forward together. Physicians Struggle with Ethics of Barring Families who do not follow immunization schedule “We as pediatricians do so much more than immunize…We teach, we advocate, we role model, and even when parents say no to immunization the first 10 times we bring it up, we bring it up an 11th and 12th time.” Kenneth Alexander, MD, PhD* and Thomas A. Lacy, MD** say the small risk to vulnerable [immune-compromised] children is outweighed by the benefits families get from … Continue reading


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