Category: Professional Development

The Connecticut Women’s Consortium

October 17, 2017

Women, Babies, and the Opioid Epidemic: A Multi-System Approach Innovative Approach in Connecticut For Pregnant Women & Babies Dependent on Opioids Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Quinnipiac University Information, Agenda and Register:      

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Advance Your Practices: Early Intervention Specialist Course @ UCONN

September 13, 2017

Are you working in Birth to Three and want to expand your knowledge and practices with families.  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. Course starts in January.  Apply now!  If you have any questions, please contact Gabriela Freyre-Calish at (860) 679-1563 or email at   Here is what your colleagues are saying:  “If you are passionate about what you do … Continue reading

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New Communication Resources for Birth to Three Providers

August 17, 2017

NEAT has developed several AT Informational Resource Flyers on various communication apps and devices frequently requested by Birth to Three providers (such as Pro-Lo-Quo, LAMP).  These resources provide information on the notable features of each application along with links to video training modules on their use.  These informational AT resources can be found on the Birth to Three section of the NEAT website.

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Coaching Institute for Early Childhood – July 19 & 20

June 16, 2017

Are you interested in learning about coaching models and improving your practice? This two-day institute will support levels of beginner, intermediate and experienced coaches in the early intervention field. Outcomes: Examine different coaching models that support early childhood providers and parents; Learn more about the core principles of coaching as outlined by Rush & Shelden; Explore differences in coaching process when context/setting is considered; Reflect on your coaching disposition; Understand the different roles related to coaching vs. supervision vs. consultation. This training is sponsored by All Our Kin, CT. Birth to Three, CT. Head Start, Office of Early Childhood, EASTCONN, … Continue reading

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Workshop: Promoting Social Competence

June 16, 2017

 Promoting Social Competence: Using quality practices to plan and prevent challenging behaviors in young children.          UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is offering a summer workshop for Early Childhood professionals on the knowledge and skills needed to implement effective early childhood practices to address challenging behaviors. Areas of focus will include:  Precipitators of Behavior Challenges, Multi-Tiered Levels of Student Support, Curriculum and Adaptations, Family Partnerships, Relationships.   More Information!        

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Cranial Symposium through Hanger Clinic

May 18, 2017

On May 23, 2017 Hanger Clinic is sponsoring a clinic from 4 – 7:45 PM (dinner provided)  on Clinical and Therapeutic Approaches for Plagiocephaly,   Brachycephaly, and Craniosynostosis.  For more information see : Hanger Clinic Continuing Education  or for registration.  Birth to Three Providers can use the code “hangeredu” for free registration!    

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Promoting Safety and Connections with Fragile Infants and their Families

April 17, 2017

The CT Hospital Association and the CT Perinatal Quality Collaborative are sponsoring a free training on strategies for Promoting Safety and Connectedness: A philosophy of care for the high risk infant and  family. Friday, April 21 8:45 AM – 4:45 PM Keynote speaker Stephen W. Porges is a “Distinguished University Scientist” at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University Bloomington and professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in North Carolina. He is the developer of the Polyvagal Theory linking the evolution of the autonomic nervous system to social behavior. There is no fee, but … Continue reading

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Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities

April 13, 2017

A Learning Forum on Connecticut’s Campaign to Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities Building a Brighter Future for Infants & Toddlers: Connecticut’s Campaign to Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) 110 Barnes Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492 Click Here for Full Description and Registration http://us15.campaign-      

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Early Autism

April 5, 2017

Yale School of Medicine —  Child Study Center — Cohen Auditorium 230 South Frontage Road New Haven, CT  06519 PRESENTED BY:  TODDLER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES CLINIC Click for Registration Click for Full Agenda  

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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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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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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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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.”    

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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    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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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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Birth to Three Professional Development – New!

August 30, 2016

Assistive Technology: An IDEA Part C Service will be presented by CT. Birth to Three and NEAT Marketplace on October 26, 2016.  The training will include a morning session covering AT  regulations, procedures,  and NEAT supports; and an afternoon session on low tech to high tech communication supports.  Register for either or both sessions through the Birth to Three Calendar. Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices.  If  you did not attend last year, take advantage of the knowledge and support for working with families that you will gain in this one day training: an essential training for all individuals working … Continue reading

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Best Practice Resources for you!

July 27, 2016

 Have you checked out the resources, tools and research at your fingertips regarding best practices in Birth To Three?  Find everything you need on the CT. Birth to Three Website.  And don’t forget to sign up for the weekly email updates for our BLOG – and easy way to keep up to date!  

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Support for the new IFSP

July 26, 2016

The IFSP has been translated and posted in three additional languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.  We have also modified the IFSP Handbook which will be posted on the website.  In addition, we are posting an online module on completing the new IFSP.  The link for the module will be posted on our website under Learning Modules .  A short, fun video on Writing Functional Outcomes will also be found there and  here (click on lower right area of video to watch it full screen).

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Back by Popular Demand!

July 20, 2016

Two additional trainings on “Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices” have been added to the Birth to Three Calendar.  Dates are September 14th in Trumbull and November 16th in Hartford.  This is a critical training for all interventionists in the Birth to Three system.   Focus will be on developing increased competence in using a family’s everyday activities, and all the learning opportunities present within those activities, to help families promote their child’s development.  Sign up soon as trainings fill up fast!

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