Category: Resources

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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CT Early Childhood Alliance Data Tool

December 12, 2017

If you don’t receive the EC Alliance emails, this tool was just posted and is a great way to look up data about infants and toddlers by town as compared to the state as a whole.   Where are your babies? http://www.earlychildhoodalliance.com/infants_and_toddlers


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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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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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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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NEAT Marketplace Birth to Three Inventory

August 16, 2016

The NEAT Marketplace inventory for Birth to Three has been recently updated.  If you are considering Assistive Technology for a child, make sure to have a consult with a team member from the discipline related to the child’s need, to assess what type of AT might benefit the child.  Also, please ensure all borrowed equipment is returned to NEAT so it can go back into inventory!  We are a bit low on adaptive seating at the moment.  Please check around!!


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Can Facetime video chat with Grandma or Grandpa support development?

August 16, 2016

New research sheds light on the value of Facetime as meaningful interaction versus just more “screen” time.


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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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Sign Language Interpretation – update

July 6, 2016

Effective July 15, the Dept. of Rehabilitative Services (CT-DORS) will close the Interpreting Service program. This is designed to save critical state dollars without reducing services – interpreter services will still be available through private companies. If you are in need of interpreting services, please call 2-1-1 or go to http://www.211ct.org/ and search for “Sign Language Interpretation”. DORS will continue to monitor and post a statewide Interpreter Registry. All sign language interpreters working for compensation in Connecticut must satisfy the mandates of established law CT General Statute Sec. 46a-33a, including annual registration with DORS and submission of documented credentials, including certification … Continue reading


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Dual Language Learners – facts & resources

June 13, 2016

“The number of children ages 5 to 17 in the U.S. who speak a language other than English at home has more than doubled in the past three decades. These home languages are an asset that should be valued…”    – U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. The White House announced a new joint policy statement supporting early childhood programs and states by providing recommendations promoting the development and learning of young children, birth to age five, who are dual language learners (DLLs). This statement also supports tribal communities’ language revitalization efforts within tribal early childhood programs. Also, read ED’s Fact Sheet: Supporting Dual … Continue reading


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“Every Parent Has What It Takes To Be A Brain Builder”

June 10, 2016

This is a new and exciting resource, JoinVroom.org,  for parents developed by a group of dedicated scientists and leaders in brain development.  Parents can sign up (website or app) to receive simple, developmentally appropriate ideas that support their child’s learning.  Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bathtime, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.


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Zero To Three National Parent Survey

June 10, 2016

ZERO TO THREE, in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation, conducted a comprehensive research effort, including in-home discussions and a large national parent survey with a diverse range of parents of children from birth to 5. The findings provide new insights about the challenges parents face, what they do and do not understand about early childhood development, and what they want and need to be the best parents possible.


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Better Hearing and Speech Month webinars

May 9, 2016

“Communication Takes Care”  Join us for the  Coffee Break Webinar series, May 16-20, 2016 from 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET to learn more about hearing screening and the use of assistive technology to support young children with disabilities and their families.  No registration is required to join the webinars.  May 16, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Debunking Common Myths about Using Assistive Technology with Young Children  https://ncham.adobeconnect.com/ncham/ Captioning Services:  http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=NCHAM   May 17, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Don’t Wait to Communicate! Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)  https://ncham.adobeconnect.com/ncham/ Captioning Services:  http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=NCHAM   May 18, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Quality … Continue reading


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When It Comes to Language Development Not All Toys Are Created Equal!

February 9, 2016

A new study looks at the role of toys ( electronic “learning” toys vs. traditional toys vs. books) in promoting language development.  The results were significant – traditional toys and books supported language development and high quality parent-child communication more than electronic toys.


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AAP Releases Updated Immunization Schedule

February 8, 2016

Immunizations prevent illnesses with potentially devastating health and developmental consequences.  An updated 2016 schedule was recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The updated schedule was also approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The “Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 through 18 Years,” changes the order of the vaccines to group them by the recommended age of administration,  adds three recently licensed vaccines, and includes footnotes and a catch-up  schedule. Please discuss the 2016 schedule with your families and help ensure they  … Continue reading


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Connecticut Launches Safe Sleep Campaign Promoting Safe Sleep Environments for Infants

February 5, 2016

  In April 2014, the Office of the Child Advocate issued data from 2001-2013 reporting that the number of Connecticut infants who died where unsafe sleep conditions were present was almost three times the number of infants who died of child abuse. The public health alert also stated that infants in Connecticut are more likely to die from unsafe sleeping conditions than from child abuse, car accidents, choking, drowning, falls, or any other form of accidental injury.  The statewide campaign will distribute information to parents of newborns discharged from the hospital through a variety of means including door hangers, posters, … Continue reading


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The Early Learning Language and Literacy Series

December 31, 2015

The new edition of “Baby Talk” includes news about a free series of 14 modules designed for professionals who are working to support the language and literacy development of children birth to five.  Baby Talk: FGP Child Development Institute


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Kids Mental Health info now available in Spanish

November 30, 2015

Looking for answers to questions and concerns about a young child’s behavior or mental health?  Now you can find them in English and Spanish. Topics include: Information for Parents and Caregivers Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Child Trauma Early Care and Education Providers School-Based Mental Health To request English/Spanish postcards about this website for your staff and/or parents, please  contact Abby Alter, at Aalter@uchc.edu


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Resources for Sensory Friendly Clothing

November 19, 2015

Finding clothing for someone with a sensory processing disorder can be a challenge. There are a lot of factors that can cause discomfort: itchy tags, harsh materials, and exposed elastic bands are just a few.  Here are 18 stores dedicated to providing a comfortable and stylish wardrobe for children and adults with special needs.


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