Birth to Three Blog

    Reflections from a Family: We are getting it RIGHT!

    June 14, 2018

    From an interventionist in the field:   I just wanted to share a “feel good” Birth to Three story. It’s from a family who has been with me for a year and a half now and tomorrow turns three, so today we said “goodbye”. We were reflecting on our time together and all the progress her son has made. When she first started with CT. Birth to Three she had just left NY where her son was receiving services through the medical model.  I asked her how CT’s Birth to Three natural learning environment model varied from the NY medical model … Continue reading


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    Messages from Millennials

    June 12, 2018

    This is wonderful.  From Virginia.  Enjoy!! 11 Things a Millennial Parent Wished a Generation-X EI Provider Knew  


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    GO BABY GO!

    May 15, 2018

    Go Baby Go is a national program that adapts ride-on toys  for children ages 6 months to 4 years of age who have mobility limitations.  For information and to sign up: www.facebook.com/GBGCT  


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    Early Childhood Education Conference: Gesell Institute of Child Development

    May 15, 2018

    July 2018 the Gesell Institute is hosting an early childhood conference: Choose Wonder.  Experts in child development and early childhood education will share the latest research and practical tools to equip early childhood professionals to truly see and know children.


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    Birth to Three on Connecticut Public Radio!

    May 8, 2018

    This is one segment from a four part series that you might enjoy. http://wnpr.org/post/seeing-things-differently-where-turn-help-and-after-autism-diagnosis Dr. Thyde Dumont-Mathieu has been working with us for a while and really gets what Birth to Three looks like.  Also Maris and Maris and Kate from Creative Intervention are featured!  It’s only 5 minutes long but is wonderful. http://wnpr.org/term/seeing-things-differently  


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    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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    Transition From Birth to Three to Preschool Special Education

    April 20, 2018

    A free two hour training will be offered on May 17th at ACES and on May 25th at CREC.  Training objectives include: Providing school districts an overview of the Connecticut Birth to Three system, learning to implement strategies to smooth the transition process for families, clarifying the role of Birth to Three and school district representatives in the transition process.  See Birth to Three calendar for details.


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    UTILITIES SHUT OFF NOTICE?

    April 19, 2018

    FREE CLINIC To Learn How To Keep Your Power On (Gas or Lights) Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) 282 Washington Street, Hartford, Conference Rooms C&D Date:   Friday, April 27, 2018 Time:   1:30 – 4:00 p.m Walk-Ins are Welcome Please bring proof of income if possible.   ¿Aviso de descontinuación? ¿Su cuenta de gas o electricidad es muy alta? Venga a Nuestra Clínica Gratis El 27 de Abril, 2018 – 1:30 a 4:00 pm Connecticut Children’s Medical Center 282 Washington Street, Hartford, Conference Rooms C&D Son bienvenidas las personas sin reserva.  Si puede, traiga prueba de ingresos. Para pregustas o reservar espacio: … Continue reading


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    Webinar about OEC Priority Activities April 23

    April 13, 2018

    The Office of Early Childhood invites you to learn about the priorities for actions to improve the Early Care and Education system: Licensing Requirements and Supports Access and Rates Workforce, Technical Assistance and Training Communication, Information and Collaboration This webinar, facilitated by Commissioner David Wilkinson and Christine Johnson-Staub (Center for Law and Social Policy), will take place on April 23 at 2:00PM-4:00PM and is a follow up to the community action sessions that took place on February 5 & 6.  Since then, OEC has incorporated feedback and revised planned actions. OEC has benefitted from listening to the concerns and ideas … Continue reading


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    TWW/CC: Facing Today’s Challenges, Embracing Tomorrows Success

    April 11, 2018

    Last week the combined Childhood Conversations/Together We Will Conference was held.  The focus was on trauma, stress, resiliency, with a call to action supporting our work with young children and families. The conference was wonderful and a great reflection of many sectors collaborating together for the benefit of children and families!


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    Autism Symposium for Patients and Families

    April 10, 2018

    Save the Date April 28, 2018 Join Connecticut Children’s for a half-day symposium focusing on autism. Hear from autism and developmental experts on how children and families can navigate an autism diagnosis, develop communication strategies and deal with social challenges. Gilman Auditorium (Hartford Hospital) 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT  06106 For more detailed information and  Autism Symposium RSVP  


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    Building a Great Life Conference – update

    April 10, 2018

    The planning team for this great conference (on April 19th) believes that some people may have had difficulty registering online, either because they don’t have a credit card or for other challenges. If you or one of your families would like help or would prefer to pay at the door, please call: 800.842.7303 (toll-free, in CT) Here is the flyer again.


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    Hearing Tests and Autism Assessments

    April 9, 2018

    Based on feedback from a recent study by CCMC, the lead agency reviewed the Evaluation and Assessment guidance and the Autism Guidelines regarding whether it was required that a hearing test be completed prior to an assessment to diagnose autism.  There was apparently no clear requirement to do, still the wording in the Evaluation and Assessment Guidance is being revised as follows. Previous Initial Evaluation and Assessment procedure Eligibility Determination for a Child with a Positive Screen for ASD …. All of the autism-specific programs are equipped to make this diagnosis. In some cases they may be made by the general … Continue reading


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    Building A Great Life Conference – for families April 19th

    March 29, 2018

    Here is a flyer about a GREAT conference on April 19th in Cromwell.  It’s for people with disabilities, family members, service providers, and advocates presenting strategies and examples of community based supports, advocacy and rights for people with disabilities with a focus on how to Build a Great Life!  Keynote Speakers include long time favorites Ann and Rod Turnbull.  The fee is only $10 and includes lunch and dinner! Click Here to Register NOW


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    Early Autism: Advances in Research and Clinical Practice

    March 29, 2018

    Yale School of Medicine is sponsoring this conference in advances in autism, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Thursday, April 12th, 2018 Child Study Center, Cohen Auditorium 230 South Frontage Road ,  New Haven, CT 06519 Register Now


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    Last Call for EC Conference about Resilience and Trauma

    March 28, 2018

    Below is a link about the conference for anyone who works with, cares for, or is passionate about helping children and families. Friday, April 6th & Saturday, April 7th, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Hartford-Windsor Marriott 28 Day Hill Rd, Windsor, CT 06095 Four reasons to attend this 2-day conference… Take advantage of a discounted hotel rate and plan two days of learning! Grab some popcorn for our Friday Movie Matinee showing of “Resilience” (free with conference registration) Network with others and see over 30 vendors Share in the celebration as we honor champions with our annual Community Vision … Continue reading


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    NuMotion Webinar: Supporting Young Children’s Power Mobility Skill Development

    March 27, 2018

    Webinar on April 10, 2018 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM discussing power mobility for young children.  Presented by Roslyn Livingstone MSc(RS), OT and Debbie Field MHSc OT, PhD.  Register and more information here.


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    3rd Annual Care Coordination Forum

    March 26, 2018

    EVENT DATE: May 3rd, 2018 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Sheraton Hartford South Hotel 100 Capital Boulevard Rocky Hill, CT It Starts With You Redefining Your Role in Change through Story, Substance and Strategy! Forum Goal: The Forum, hosted by Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination, convenes professionals from all sectors who work with children and families to learn from experts and exchange ideas. Our goal is to organize coordinators from all areas; healthcare, community-based, education, behavioral health, and more- in an effort to provide an effective and comprehensive care coordination system. To learn more about this year’s theme, registration … Continue reading


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    Back and Forth Exchanges Boost Children’s Brain Response to Language

    March 19, 2018

    Anne Trafton MIT News  — A landmark 1995 study found that children from higher-income families hear about 30 million more words during their first 3 years of life than children from lower-income families. This “30-million-word gap” correlates with significant differences in tests of vocabulary, language development, and reading comprehension. Massachusetts Institute of Technology cognitive scientists have now found that conversation between an adult and a child appears to change the child’s brain, and that this back-and-forth conversation is actually more critical to language development than the word gap. Click link for information:   http://news.mit.edu/2018/conversation-boost-childrens-brain-response-language-0214    


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