Author: Sabrina Crowe

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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NEAT’s Third Annual AAC Summer Event: AACtion Camp in July 2021

June 15, 2021

NEAT will be holding its third annual AAC summer event on July 19, 20, and 21! This year it is called “AACtion Camp” and will be virtual with camp themed activities for individuals who use AAC and their families to enjoy.  Professionals are encouraged to attend, too, both to learn about AAC and to contribute their own tips and tricks in a collaborative way.  On the third day, there will be short trainings on various AAC apps (Proloquo2Go, LAMP WFL, TouchChat, etc.) as well as on AAC implementation tips/communication partner strategies.  It is FREE for anyone to attend, so save the … Continue reading


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B-3 Learning Community: Addressing Parent to Parent Conflicts

May 18, 2021

Join us virtually Friday, May 21, 2021 at 12pm for a facilitated discussion on “Addressing Parent to Parent Conflicts” with an expert: Aileen McKenna, Ph.D., I.M.H., Manager, OEC Home Visiting Programs, Family Liaison, CT Birth to Three. Agenda for the meeting can be found here.


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Continuing Education Opportunity: Pediatric Symposium 2021

April 19, 2021

The Pediatric Symposium is an evidence-based program designed to provide healthcare professionals with insight into the role of orthotic intervention for optimal management of a wide range of pediatric diagnoses. The Hanger Institute for Clinical Research and Education, along with the Cromwell, CT Hanger Clinic team, has organized this symposium on May 20, 2021 as a virtual event. Attendees will have an opportunity to further their knowledge of common pediatric diagnoses, presentations, and the role of orthotic intervention. To register for this event, https://hangerclinic.com/events/professional-events/pediatric-symposium-2021/.


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