Author: Adriana Fontaine

Learning Series with Early Childhood Professionals Presents: SIT for Autism

November 30, 2021

This training is for short-term childcare providers, families, and caregivers of young children with autism spectrum disorders. The training will increase knowledge of the characteristics of autism, and it will focus on skill development and strategies that can be used while sitting for a young child with autism. A detailed digital SIT preparation booklet will be provided to participants. For more information, email Adriana Fontaine at When: December 8th 6 – 7:30 PM Register here!

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Learning Series with Early Childhood Professionals: Transitioning Your Child with Hearing Loss to Preschool

November 5, 2021

This presentation is designed for parents/caregivers with children in Birth to Three who need to expand their knowledge about hearing loss, the evaluations needed for transition into preschool, differences in services from Birth to Three versus programs in public schools, and preschool options for young children with hearing impairments. Date: November 10th 6-7 PM. For more information, email Adriana Fontaine at: Register here!

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First STEPs Training for Families

October 19, 2021

CPAC’s Family Connections Program presents First STEPs Training Series! This four-session virtual series is designed to help parents understand the Birth to Three System, evaluation process, transition from Birth to Three into Preschool Special Education, and advocacy skills. This training series will prepare families to navigate their role in Birth to Three, understand data from evaluations, and learn how to prepare for when Birth to Three services end. First session will begin on Tuesday November 9th at 1 pm. For additional questions, please email Adriana Fontaine at Families interested in participating can register here!

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NEW Pyramid Model Backpack Training Webinar Series for Families

October 4, 2021

CPAC and Uconn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities proudly presents a training webinar series for Families enrolled in Birth to Three. These series will focus on helping families setting routines and schedules, handling difficult transitions, helping their child to manage time and to create activities that reduce challenging behavior. Presented by Bethanne Vergean, Research Assistant and Connecticut’s Act Early Ambassador for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Trainings will take place the second Wednesday of each month from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. First training will cover strategies to help young children transition from one activity to another. … Continue reading

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CPAC Presents: Learning Series with Early Childhood Professionals ABA Foundations

September 22, 2021

Do you have questions about Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and whether is right for your child? In this workshop we will explore what ABA means, how to know if ABA is right for your child, when to seek help and how does ABA improve communication and language skills in young children with Autism. Workshop presented by Rachel Scott-Rosenbluth, MS, BCBA, LBA Applied Behavioral Interventions’ Clinical Director at Autism Care Partners. When: Wednesday October 6th 6-7 PM Register in advance: For more information, contact CPAC at (860) 739-3089 or email Adriana Fontaine at:  

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Learning Series with Early Childhood Professionals: What Does Social Communication Mean for Young Children with Autism

March 29, 2021

This workshop will focus on preverbal communication, and the importance of turn taking and joint attention in the development of social communication. Caregivers will learn about the importance of developing social communication early in life and they will be able to distinguish between social and instrumental interaction during play-based activities with their children. Workshop presented by Dr. Kwangwon Lee from the Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern CT State University and Family Connections Program at The CT Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC).  Wednesday April 7th 6 PM. Registration required for this event: For additional questions, please email Adriana Fontaine … Continue reading

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Learning Series for Families About Language Development

February 9, 2021

Join Speech Therapist, Kaili Rehm, MS, CCC/SLP, and Special Education Teacher, Ashley Baehr, DT, BS/ECSE, from Reachout, Inc. Learn how language develops in young children and what expressive and receptive language skills are. Participants will learn what skills young children need to communicate emotions, thoughts, ideas, and feelings effectively. Families will have the opportunity to discuss suggestions to improve their young child’s language skills, and will learn when it is appropriate to make a referral to Birth to Three. For more information Register here!    

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