Category: Professional Development

#ActEarly Twitter Chat

October 30, 2015

Join #ActEarly for a Live Twitter chat on Monday, November 9 at 2pm ET.  Those on social media may follow AUCD @AUCDNews and the chat host, March of Dimes @modhealthtalk, for more details. To help you prepare and participate, here are the #ActEarly chat topics: T1 What does #ActEarly stand for? T2 What are developmental milestones? Why do they matter? Are they different for a preemie? #ActEarly T3 How can families #ActEarly? What should you do if you are worried your child’s development isn’t on track? #ActEarly T4 What is included in EI services? #ActEarly T5 Do all preemies need … Continue reading


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Read to Grow

October 29, 2015

SAVE THE DATE – November 19, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. A forum on early literacy at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Panelist will include Dr. Julia Irwin, senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories, associate professor at SCSU, and Read to Grow board member. Myra Jones-Taylor, Ph.D., Commissioner, CT Office of Early Childhood. For more information or to register, contact: info@literacyeveryday.org Read to Grow promotes language-building and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and supports parents as their babies’ first teachers.  Learn More!  


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Recommendations for Practice: Children with Autism <3 years old

October 21, 2015

A recent study was published in Pediatrics –  Early Intervention for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Under 3 Years of Age: Recommendations for Practice and Research.  This study outlines several recommendations for best practice for interventions which include:  a combination of developmental and behavioral approaches that begin as early as possible,  and active involvement of the families and/or caregivers as part of the intervention.  CT. Birth to Three is providing an introductory training on the Early Start Denver Model on 11-20-2016 which is a curriculum for young children with autism that addresses these critical aspects of intervention.


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Register for Early Start Denver Model soon!

October 21, 2015

Last year we had a waiting list – don’t get closed out this year!  The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) training is scheduled for November 20, 2015.  The presenter  is Jamie M. Winter, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, NY-Presbyterian Hospital.  This one-day Introductory Workshop  addresses the main aspects of the ESDM, a curriculum for young children with Autism which uses strategies to help children form warm, positive and engaging relationships with adults and peers.  It combines behavioral and relationship-based approaches into a developmental, play- based framework of intervention that is individualized for each child.  Register on Birth to … Continue reading


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October Discounts on Infant Mental Health products

October 15, 2015

Looking for great information on supporting Infant Mental Health?  Go to this site  http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8cfb950e6790e75539e6e9e76&id=e3c0150551&e=96321ebd8d and claim your discounted rate on a variety of products before November 1st.   Just select “MI-AIMH Member” when you add products to your shopping cart! Connecticut is a proud member of the alliance of states that offer the Competencies and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health.  


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Early Intervention Courses at UConn with Stipend

October 14, 2015

https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tOgsGgxbq91YEJ  The University of Connecticut, Mary Beth Bruder is offering a series of courses on early intervention. Many of our providers have taken a similar course with her in the past and stated that they learned so much and were astounded by their change in practice.  They are in the planning phase and seeking information from people on the format, time etc.  They are also offering credit and a stipend. People who take the course may also receive the Early Intervention Specialist Credential from Birth to Three.  


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Another Natural Learning Environments Training added to the calendar!

September 24, 2015

Due to high participation in the trainings on Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices for Birth to Three, we have added an additional date in the Trumbull area.  Natural learning environments are more than places.  And these practices involve more than embedding skills into the family’s daily activities.  Want to learn more?  Check  the Birth to Three Calendar for details and registration.  


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New Publication: Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems for Children

September 24, 2015

Childhood trauma exposure is a significant and costly public health concern that affects tens of thousands of Connecticut children resulting in lifelong impairments to health, behavioral health and academic outcomes. CHDI has released its latest publication to inform early childhood practice:  “Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems for Children” The report includes: Guidelines and best-practices for developing a comprehensive and integrated trauma-informed system of care for children A summary and timeline of trauma-informed programs and services in Connecticut An analysis of progress and gaps for each major child-serving system in Connecticut Recommendations for system integration and improvement


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CTAIMH Home Visitor Training -New Haven

September 24, 2015

The CT-AIMH is delighted to invite you to this FREE 5-part infant mental health training series offered to Home Visitors working in the New Haven area beginning on Monday, October 5, 2015. Get more information Register Now! These five workshops will increase your knowledge and practice in the area of infant mental health, and will include: how to see families and their young children through an attachment lens, how to understand infants/toddlers and their families and the challenges of unresolved trauma and loss, how to reflect and recognize your own feelings about your work that can impact your relationships with families, … Continue reading


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Check out the Birth to Three Trainings for 2015- 2016!

September 15, 2015

The full-year training brochure can now be found on our website, under Professional Development with details about each of the  trainings and registration links on our calendar.  Some exciting upcoming trainings include: Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Going Deeper into Natural Learning Environment Practices, Using a Culturally Responsive Framework for Working with Young Children and Their Families, Audiological Implications for Birth to Three,  Motor Development in the First Year, and Early Start Denver Model.  Don’t Miss Out – Resigter soon!!


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NCHAM Webinar on 9/23: Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Loss for Non-Audiologists

September 11, 2015

This webinar will describe how the different parts of the ear work, definitions and basic principles regarding hearing loss, and a summary of the most recent reports of congenital and later-onset hearing loss. The types of treatment and intervention for hearing loss will also be included, as well as how audiologists monitor and manage hearing loss and how to work with audiologists. Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET.      http://www.infanthearing.org/resources_home/events/intro-for-non-audiologists.html


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DCF Head Start Partnership meeting Oct. 9th

September 3, 2015

The  next DCF-Head Start Partnership statewide quarterly meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM in Memorial Hall on the CCSU campus in New Britain. In addition to our regular teamwork, there will be a presentation on HEAD START, TRAUMA SMART by Avis Smith, ACSW, LSCSW, LCSW, Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  This is a national model of providing therapeutic supports within a Head Start setting:     http://www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/head-start-trauma-smart           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXzKVpiSzH8  


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New COS Session Added to Module!

August 25, 2015

Huh? Previously we posted about a free online learning module for the Child Outcome Summary (COS) Process A fourth session has just been added outlining the 7-point scale used to indicate a child’s status on each of the three outcomes at a given point in time.  The 7-point scale indicates how the child’s current functioning compares to age-expected functioning for his or her chronological age Below is the direct link to the site where you can learn more and register for access to the module. http://dasycenter.org/child-outcomes-summary-cos-process-module-collecting-using-data-to-improve-programs/


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Course on Early Childhood Development

August 20, 2015

Three Rivers Community College is offering a course on infant and toddler development.  Topics explored will include the development of the brain, attachment, emotions, cognition, social interactions, language, and motor skills. For more information see ECE 241 Course Description.


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View Archived Sessions from the National Autism Conference

August 13, 2015

Earlier this month the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, and PaTTAN sponsored the National Autism Conference.  Many of the sessions were made available at no cost via live webcasting.  Here is a link to see some of the archived sessions from this year and last years conference. View the archived webcasting sessions here.


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Upcoming Natural Learning Environment Training

August 6, 2015

This is a critical training for all interventionists in the Birth to Three System. An overview of Birth to Three best practices will be presented including Natural Learning Environments, Coaching as a Style of Interaction, and Primary Service Provider approach to teaming. Focus will be on developing increased competence in using a family’s everyday activities, and all the learning opportunities present within that activity, to promote child development and increased participation.  This training is now open for registration on the Birth to Three Calendar.


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ECTA Center eNotes

August 4, 2015

Do you get these Early Childhood TA Center emails each Friday?   The articles are often very interesting and relevant like the new parent portal at Zero to Three or the Spanish language video on Early Hearing Screening.    To sign up email sue.goode@unc.edu  


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Circle of Security Sensitivity Training

July 31, 2015

A three day Circle of Security Sensitivity training will take place in New Britain on October 20 – 22.  This training is appropriate for registered parent educators, psychotherapists, early intervention specialists and other helping professionals.  For more information and registration: Circle of Security


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2015 CAEYC “Pathways to Quality” Conference

July 14, 2015

The Connecticut CAEYC Conference is taking place October 16 & 17, 2015.  The presenter, Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, is a best‐selling author, international keynote speaker, ground‐breaking radio host and seasoned team builder. She is a dynamic speaker and will be presenting: Friday – Leading on Purpose: Essential Leadership Competencies from the Inside Out, and on Saturday – Hats Off to You: Everyday Miracle worker in Children’s Lives. Saturday also includes Workshops with well-know leaders addressing a variety of topics related to early childhood development and education.


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RFP for Presenters for Childhood Conversations Conference

June 24, 2015

Childhood Conversation is a statewide conference for parents, community providers, childcare providers and teachers.  The 10th annual conference is scheduled for April 2, 2016 in Windsor.  The RFP for conference presenters is now available on the Childhood Conversations website.  The deadline for submission is September 10th. http://childhoodconversations.com/request-for-presenter-2/


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