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    Webinar – Partnering With Diverse Dads: Challenges and Successes

    December 21, 2016

    Join an informative Webinar where experts will discuss strategies and tips for engaging diverse dads in all types of settings, including pediatric practices.  This free 90 minute webinar on Monday, January 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM (Central) hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) FamilY Partnerships Network (FPN) and Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health (COPACFH) is a follow-up to “Don’t Forget the Dads: The Important Role of Fathers in Child and Family Health”, held in May 2016, and in direct response to participant comments requesting practical strategies for engaging dads of diverse backgrounds. Register.


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    Support for Using Naturalistic Interventions in Autism

    December 15, 2016

    This open access article “Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions: Empirically Validated Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder” discusses support and evidence for use of naturalistic interventions, generalization to everyday activities, and parent involvement when working with families who have children on the autism spectrum.


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    Transition Updates in SDE Bureau Bulletin

    December 7, 2016

    Below is a link to an important blog post by the CT State Department of Education Bureau of Special Education.  It clarifies expectations for LEAs when children from Birth to Three are referred for Early Childhood Special Education. Birth to Three Transition Update Please read it. Thank you to the Birth to Three Program Directors and Maria Synodi for addressing this important time in the lives of many of the families we support. To subscribe to the CSDE Bureau Bulletin after you click on the link above (and read it) click on the white Home link in the black menu bar at the … Continue reading


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    Congratulations to Teams Finishing TA with Rush & Shelden!

    December 1, 2016

    An additional 9 teams and 3 Master Coach groups are finishing up TA with national experts, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden.  According to these experts, Connecticut teams have been well prepared through TA from the state and programs, and are reaching fidelity with these practices at a swift pace.  That doesn’t mean it has been easy!  As one Early Interventionist put it: “This process has been a difficult but rewarding challenge for this 23 year Veteran!!  I just got back from ASHA convention and I am happy to report that there were many sessions offered on the idea of “coaching” … Continue reading


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    Autism Workshop December 13, 2017

    December 1, 2016

    An Autism Workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Edmund and Arlene Grossman Auditorium, Cell and Genome Sciences Building, 400 Farmington Avenue, Farmington. The workshop is sponsored by the Institute for Systems Genomics, and will feature speakers from the UConn Storrs and Farmington campuses, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and The Jackson Laboratory.  See Birth to Three Calendar for more information.  


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    UCONN Early Intervention Course with Stipend Starts January 2017!

    November 17, 2016

    The University of Connecticut, Mary Beth Bruder, is offering a course including a series of 3 modules on early intervention.  The course will allow for graduate credit or a stipend, as well as attainment of the CT. Birth to Three Early Intervention Specialist Credential after successful completion of  the 3 modules.   Please contact Gabriela Freyre-Calish, MSW at 860-679-1563 or freyre@nso2.uchc.edu.   Here’s what your colleagues are saying: “This course provides early interventionists with the essential tools needed to understand and apply the research that guides how we provide services to young children and their families.” – Mary Beth McLaughlin (ASD) “I have grown so … Continue reading


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    CDI – access to supports

    November 3, 2016

    Child Development Infoline is a key Birth to Three partner, but also connects people with a much wider array of supports.  The United Way, together with the Office of Early Childhood, the Departments of Education and Public Health, has issued an updated reference guide available here. For more information about CDI, or to access their supports go to cdi.211ct.org .  


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    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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