Author: Sabrina Crowe

Webinar on Ensuring Smooth Early Intervention Transitions

August 10, 2022

September 14, 2022 11:00-12:30pm ET The third session in the Going Virtual series highlights tips early intervention service coordinators and service providers can use to facilitate smooth transitions for families moving from early intervention to special education preschool and for families relocating from one early intervention program to another. Presenters are Dr. Dana Childress and Dr. Megan Schumaker-Murphy. For more information and to register for the event, check out this flyer. Offered by OneOp Early Intervention Team


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5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return

August 4, 2022

Did you know that you can help build a child’s brain – starting even before babies can talk? Simple serve and return interactions between adults and young children help make strong connections in developing brains. And, it’s easy and fun to do! Here are the 5 simple steps of serve and return broken down featuring adults and young children doing each step together. Watch this video to see it in action! The video is also available in Spanish and Portuguese. 


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Early Childhood & Family Homelessness

July 29, 2022

Monthly Drop-In ZOOM Sessions The CT Office of Early Childhood, with funding from the Quality Improvement Support project, has partnered with the RESC Alliance to design and deliver a number of statewide, technical assistance activities. As part of that project, EdAdvance, will be hosting monthly, open ZOOM Drop-In sessions to address topics and questions related to early childhood and family homelessness! These Drop-In ZOOM sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30pm during the months of July through December 2022. Check out this flyer for more information, including exact dates and ZOOM link!


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Connecticut Parent Leadership Summit 2022

July 27, 2022

Virtual Event: Saturday, September 17, 2022 The Connecticut Parent Leadership Summit 2022 (CTPLS 2022) is a FREE event designed by parents for parents and parent leader allies from across the state. It is an opportunity for parents to come together to network while they learn and grow together. The event will be held virtually on September 17, 2022, from 9am to 2pm. For more information and to register, check out this flyer in English or in Spanish.


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2022 Autism Summer Institute

July 19, 2022

July 26, 27, and 28, 2022 We are happy to announce that the 2022 Yale Autism Summer Institute, presented by Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (SANA) and Yale’s Autism Center of Excellence, will be a live, hybrid event.  As always, the Autism Summer Institute is free of charge and open to all researchers, clinicians, trainees, service providers and families.  Taking place in person at the Cohen Auditorium in the Yale Child Study Center and via Zoom, the symposium will focus on stakeholder perspectives, current research, and clinical practices.   Agenda for the 2022 Autism Summer Institute Registration is … Continue reading


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NEAT’s 4th Annual AAC Summer Bash

June 29, 2022

July 23, 2022, 10am-2pm The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center announces their 4th Annual Summer Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Event will be in person this year at Camp Hemlocks! The event is FREE and open to AAC users, families, and professionals looking to have fun with AAC! The day will include a variety of fun, hands-on, outdoor activities, such as music, nature walks, a sensory bin station, and more. All activities will involve language immersion and opportunities for modeling AAC! Check out this flyer for more information! Registration closes July 15. Register here.


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2022 Autism Summer Institute

June 28, 2022

July 26, 27, and 28, 2022 We are happy to announce that the 2022 Yale Autism Summer Institute, presented by Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (SANA) and Yale’s Autism Center of Excellence, will be a live, hybrid event.  As always, the Autism Summer Institute is free of charge and open to all researchers, clinicians, trainees, service providers and families.  Taking place in person at the Cohen Auditorium in the Yale Child Study Center and via Zoom, the symposium will focus on stakeholder perspectives, current research, and clinical practices.   Topics and presentation schedule: Tuesday, July 26, 2022: 10:00 … Continue reading


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NEAT’s 4th Annual Summer AAC Bash

June 14, 2022

Mark your calendars for this FREE event! New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) will be hosting it’s 4th Annual Summer Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Bash! This year the event will be in-person at Camp Hemlocks in Hebron on Saturday, July 23rd. It is FREE and open to any AAC users, families and professionals looking to have fun with AAC. For more information, check out this flyer.


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Sparkler Overview for Birth to Three Providers

December 22, 2021

Sparkler’s mobile app helps families know how their children are developing through observations of age-based play activities and through the leading child development screen, the Ages and Stages Questionnaires ® (ASQ® ). The Sparkler team, including representatives from Sparkler and 211 Child Development, will be offering an overview of the app to Birth to Three providers in early 2022. The training will discuss how to support families that do no qualify for early intervention and how Sparkler can be used. There are 4 options being offered for this training: January 19th 9-10am January 26th 2-3pm January 28th 9-10am February 4th 2-3pm … Continue reading


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Shared Reading Event for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Families

November 24, 2021

Join Yale for a shared reading event on Saturday, 12/4/21, from 10:30am-1:30pm. Registration is FREE but required. Click here for more information on the event and for the registration link.


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Webinar: Connecting Literacy and Social Emotional Development

November 1, 2021

On November 17, 2021 from 11:00 – 12:30 PM, the Military Families Learning Network hosts “Using Children’s Books and Storytelling to Connect Literacy and Social Emotional Development. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Tweety Yates. Did you know that literacy and social emotional development occur on a parallel path? Well, it’s true! Early childhood professionals can connect literacy and social emotional development activities across their daily schedules and routines. This provides children with many opportunities to practice these developing skills. Children’s books and storytelling can be fantastic catalysts to do this. This webinar will provide fun ideas and activities … Continue reading


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Register now for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Exploration

October 18, 2021

AAC Exploration: A Guide to Evaluation Success TWO part remote training will be presented by Elena Fader, MA, CCC/SLP, AAC Specialist with New England Assistive Technology (NEAT). Training will be held on November 4th and 9th from 1:30-3:30. Participants must attend both days of training. The range of AAC apps and devices available on the market today can be confusing and overwhelming. How do you know which systems to compare and trial? What considerations need to be made specific to young children to support their language development? Team collaboration, a needs assessment, and a comprehensive feature matching process can help set … Continue reading


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Automatic Eligibility Updates effective October 1, 2021

October 1, 2021

The CT Birth to Three System has updated the diagnosed conditions list for automatic eligibility in an effort to better align with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Position Statement on Low Birth Weight, Prematurity and Early Intervention for best practice. Effective October 1, 2021, children born under 32 weeks gestation and/or weighing less than 1500 grams are automatically eligible for early intervention supports in CT. Here is the link for the full list of diagnosed conditions and ICD 10 codes for automatic eligibility in CT. Refer to the Evaluation and Assessment Procedure and Guidance document for more information.


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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Exploration

September 29, 2021

AAC Exploration: A Guide to Evaluation Success TWO part remote training will be presented by Elena Fader, MA, CCC/SLP, AAC Specialist with New England Assistive Technology (NEAT). Training will be held on November 4th and 9th from 1:30-3:30. Participants must attend both days of training. The range of AAC apps and devices available on the market today can be confusing and overwhelming. How do you know which systems to compare and trial? What considerations need to be made specific to young children to support their language development? Team collaboration, a needs assessment, and a comprehensive feature matching process can help … Continue reading


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Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers

September 7, 2021

Small Steps for Big Vision: An Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness partnered with the National Head Start Association to create this online resource to provide families and caregivers with the information, suggested actions, and assistance they need to be empowered partners in their children’s vision and eye health, and to care for their own vision and eye health. Resources available in English and Spanish. Learn more here.


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Deaf or Hard of Hearing Playgroup Opportunity with CTFSN

August 17, 2021

The CT Family Support Network is excited to launch a new playgroup for our statewide families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing children and siblings! This playgroup will be at Sears Park in East Hampton at the sheltered picnic tables on Lake Pocotopaug every other Wednesday from 10-12pm, beginning August 18, 2021. Check out this flyer for more information and how to register!


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Automatic Eligibility Update Regarding Lead Exposure

August 6, 2021

In consultation with and recommendation from our Birth to Three medical advisor, Dr. Ann Milanese, the level of lead exposure for automatic eligibility has been LOWERED from 25ug/dL to 10ug/dL to better align with new guidance from the CDC in supporting children and families impacted by this toxicity. Children referred with levels of lead more than 10ug/dL within six months of a blood draw are automatically eligible for early intervention supports in CT. This update is effective immediately. The Lead Agency is also sharing this update with our partners at CT Department of Public Health (DPH), our other referral sources, … Continue reading


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Supporting the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children: Ideas, Strategies, and Resources

August 5, 2021

Webinar opportunity on supporting social-emotional development and partnering with families as they support their children’s development sponsored by the Military Families Learning Network! This webinar is scheduled for September 23, 2021 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM. For more information, check out this event flyer.


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From Feelings to Friendships: Nurturing Healthy Social-Emotional Development in the Early Years

August 5, 2021

A resource from Zero to Three! Through supportive relationships, young children can explore the world, develop empathy, and understand the difference between right and wrong. This video provides strategies for developing a strong bond and nurturing relationship with your child. View the video in English or Spanish at here.


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Exciting updates for Birth to Three and CT families!

July 6, 2021

Did you hear? Birth to Three has TWO new updates to share! Birth to Three has no out-of-pocket costs for all families! For the first time since 2004, there are no family cost participation fees. Here is a flyer with the GREAT news. AND Birth to Three supports are expanding beyond age 3 over the summer months for families with children who meet qualifications. To learn more, here is a flyer about this Extension of Part C beyond age 3. Help us spread the news!    


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