Category: Professional Development

Early Childhood Education Conference: Gesell Institute of Child Development

May 15, 2018

July 2018 the Gesell Institute is hosting an early childhood conference: Choose Wonder.  Experts in child development and early childhood education will share the latest research and practical tools to equip early childhood professionals to truly see and know children.


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READY TO ROLL — THINK BABIES

May 7, 2018

It’s time to Think Babies and make the potential of every baby a national priority! Early experiences shape how a baby’s brain develops, laying the foundation for future learning, behavior, health and success throughout life. On May 8, children and families from all 50 states and D.C. will descend on the nation’s capital for the second annual Strolling Thunder. They will meet their Members of Congress to share what babies and families need to thrive: Three Ways to Join Us: Meet us at the Capitol for Strolling Thunder on Tuesday, May 8th. Join the rally on Facebook Live. Tell Congress to #ThinkBabiesAndAct For … Continue reading


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Supporting Evidence-Based Practices in Autism

April 27, 2018

 In support of the National Autism Awareness month, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) shares a blog post from Sam Odom of the FPG Child Development Institute (April 2018) that gives examples of available national and global research focused on evidence-based practices and autism. Practitioners, researchers, and caregivers working with children with autism will find valuable information in the linked resources (examples below): Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM), The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, The National Clearinghouse on Autism Research and Practice


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Building a Great Life Conference – update

April 10, 2018

The planning team for this great conference (on April 19th) believes that some people may have had difficulty registering online, either because they don’t have a credit card or for other challenges. If you or one of your families would like help or would prefer to pay at the door, please call: 800.842.7303 (toll-free, in CT) Here is the flyer again.


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Building A Great Life Conference – for families April 19th

March 29, 2018

Here is a flyer about a GREAT conference on April 19th in Cromwell.  It’s for people with disabilities, family members, service providers, and advocates presenting strategies and examples of community based supports, advocacy and rights for people with disabilities with a focus on how to Build a Great Life!  Keynote Speakers include long time favorites Ann and Rod Turnbull.  The fee is only $10 and includes lunch and dinner! Click Here to Register NOW


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Last Call for EC Conference about Resilience and Trauma

March 28, 2018

Below is a link about the conference for anyone who works with, cares for, or is passionate about helping children and families. Friday, April 6th & Saturday, April 7th, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Hartford-Windsor Marriott 28 Day Hill Rd, Windsor, CT 06095 Four reasons to attend this 2-day conference… Take advantage of a discounted hotel rate and plan two days of learning! Grab some popcorn for our Friday Movie Matinee showing of “Resilience” (free with conference registration) Network with others and see over 30 vendors Share in the celebration as we honor champions with our annual Community Vision … Continue reading


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NuMotion Webinar: Supporting Young Children’s Power Mobility Skill Development

March 27, 2018

Webinar on April 10, 2018 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM discussing power mobility for young children.  Presented by Roslyn Livingstone MSc(RS), OT and Debbie Field MHSc OT, PhD.  Register and more information here.


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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:  http://www.womensconsortium.org/womenbabiesopioids      


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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 freyre@uchc.edu   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.” http://supportstofamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/parent-expectations_D21.pdf    


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