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    Building a Great Life Conference Registration Open!

    February 19, 2020

    Here is a link to the flyer about the BAGL Conference Registration.  Please share this with EIS providers and Families or forward this to them with the registration link below! A Conference for Self-Advocates, Family Members and Providers Tuesday, April 7, 2020 8:00am – 4:00pm Farmington Marriott Hotel,15 Farm Springs Road, Farmington CT Register for this conference at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-means-all-building-a-great-life-for-everyone-in-our-communities-tickets-94853753129 National and State Speakers Keynotes, Presentations, and Workshops on many topics. Limited to the first 350 registrants. There is no cost and lunch is included.


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    Research on Birth to Three Evidence-Based Practices

    February 15, 2020

    A link has been added to the website for research supporting why we so what we do!  The early intervention practices of Natural Learning Environments Practices, Coaching as an Interaction Style, and Primary Service Provider approach to teaming are supported in research.  Research on Best Practices in Early Intervention.


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    Childhood Conversations/Together We Will: April 3rd, 2020

    February 13, 2020

    Explore the Landscape of Equity and Bias through the Lens of Social-Emotional Learning National Speaker: Dr. Rosemarie Allen,  Associate Professor School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver More Information and Registration


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    FFY18 APR Is Now Online!

    February 10, 2020

    Every year the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood submits a report to the US Department of Education about how we are doing on compliance and results for Part C of the IDEA.  The final report is available here: https://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/gensup/apr/.


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    EI On The Fly Podcast

    February 5, 2020

    The work of early intervention (EI) is complex, challenging at times, and lots of fun. You meet different families, work in homes and other community settings, watch infants and toddlers grow and learn, and yes – spend a lot of time in your car. This podcast is designed so EI practitioners like you can easily listen between visits or on breaks during your busy day. Each episode focuses on an important topic that is discussed by two experienced EI professional development specialists.  This podcast is a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Early Intervention Training Center and … Continue reading


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    WEBINAR: Behavior Basics-Laying the Groundwork for Positive Change March 24, 2020 11:30am-12:30pm

    February 5, 2020

    Title: Behavior Basics: Laying the Groundwork for Positive Change Event Website: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/61143 Description: Professionals working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are likely to encounter challenging behavior. This webinar will provide a review of the ABCs of behavior (antecedent, behavior, consequence) as well as help professionals identify the function of behavior. Dr. Hardy will explain the ways in which multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) can be utilized to manage challenging behavior for all children, but especially children with disabilities or who have experienced trauma. The use of tally sheets, forms, and checklists to inform decisions that support positive behavior and sustain … Continue reading


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    AAP Guidance For Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

    January 21, 2020

    The American Academy of Pediatrics released a clinical report in January 2020 titled: Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Read more here.


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    The Arc Connecticut Presents: Life Advocacy – Who will advocate for my loved one with intellectual & developmental disabilities (I/DD) when I am no longer able? Various Dates & Locations Jan. 23 – Mar. 4, 2020

    January 16, 2020

    Life Advocacy Who will advocate for my loved one with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) when I am no longer able? In response to these concerns The Arc Connecticut has been working with a group of families to establish an organization that would assist people with I/DD with (1) independent ad-vocacy for services and supports; (2) benefits education and management; (3) quality oversight when parents, siblings and caregivers are no longer able to be part of an individual’s support group. These services would be paid for by family resources in the absence of waiver or other Medicaid fund-ing. At this … Continue reading


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    Draft SPP/APR is Now Online!

    January 9, 2020

    This is a link to the draft of the combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report.   It is a very long document, best viewed online.  As usual, Connecticut continues to do very well on both the compliance and results indicators. The APR is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 3, 2020.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP will be completed for an April 1, 2020 submission. If you have any questions or comments please email nicole.cossette@ct.gov no later than January 27, 2020.


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    Training Course-Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children Impact on the Movement System of Infants and Beyond April 3 & April 4, 2020

    January 3, 2020

    Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children Impact on the Movement System of Infants and Beyond Cindy Miles,  April 3-4, 2020 South Shore Hospital Weymouth, MA Download Brochure REGISTER This dynamic course provides participants with the knowledge to effectively assess and treat children with torticollis. Learn effective strategies including designing home exercise programs, infant positioning, manual techniques, and taping to understanding helmet criteria, head asymmetries, surgeries, and associated diagnosis. Click HERE to register or for complete course details including CEU information.


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    Training Course-Infants Born Preterm: Identifying and Addressing Their Special Needs in Early Infancy March 27 & 28, 2020 @ Danbury Hospital

    January 2, 2020

    Jan McElroy, PCS, PhD, PT March 27-28, 2020 Danbury Hospital Danbury, CT Download Brochure REGISTER Practitioners will refine treatment skills of infants born preterm through effective facilitation techniques to be used during functional activities. Labs will guide treatment training that can be used in clinics and early intervention. Click HERE to register or for complete course details including CEU information.


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    Baby Beats and Breaths: Therapeutic Interventions for the Premature Infant with Cardiopulmonary Compromise Valhalla, NY

    January 2, 2020

    March 27-28, 2020 Blythedale Children’s Hospital Valhalla, NY REGISTER This dynamic intermediate-advanced course will elucidate the cardiopulmonary implications for the premature or medically-complex infant as related to physiological stability, evolving motor control, sensory stability, and transition to oral motor skills that support feeding. Participants will learn to facilitate the infant’s ability to cough, produce audible phonation, develop oral motor skills, and improve swallowing skills, as well as gestation-age appropriate positioning and handling to support gross motor skills required for postural stability. Click HERE to register for this course and additional details.


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    Continuing Education Course-Motor Issues in Autism March 27 & March 28, 2020 New Brunswick, NJ

    January 2, 2020

    Motor Issues in Autism March 27-March 28, 2020 Children’s Specialized Hospital New Brunswick, NJ Download Brochure REGISTER  


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    Conference-ALL Means ALL: Building a Great Life for Everyone in our Communities April 7, 2020

    December 31, 2019

    SAVE THE DATE Watch for registration information in February 2020! ALL Means ALL: Building a Great Life for Everyone in our Communities: A Conference for Self-Advocates, Parents, Caregivers, Siblings and Providers   Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Red Lion Hotel, Cromwell, CT   Keynote Speakers: Dr. Erik Carter, Professor of Special Education, Vanderbilt University Ricky and Donna Thornton, Self-Advocates, Maryland This conference will include workshops on a variety of topics. Registration is limited to the first 250 registrants. There is no cost for this conference and lunch is included. watch for registration information in February, 2020.


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    What’s in the Lending Library for Switch-Adapted and Accessible Toys?

    December 17, 2019

    This Thursday, December 19th  from 12 – 1 pm!  Presented by Nicole Feeney, Director of NEAT  December 19, 2019. 12 – 1 pm  This is FREE for CT Birth to Three Providers! If you are interested in attending, please click this link https://oakhillct.wufoo.com/forms/kzsrau00yq9ix9/ register! Feel free to forward this email to others in your organization and spread the word.  


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    WEBINAR: Office of Early Childhood Webinar: A Conversation with Commissioner Beth Bye Dec. 18th @ 11:00am – 12pm or Dec. 30th @ 7:00pm – 8:00pm

    December 12, 2019

    Office of Early Childhood Webinar: A Conversation with Commissioner Beth Bye We hope you can join us for a live webinar on: Wednesday, December 18th from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM OR Monday, December 30th from 7:00-8:00 PM High quality early childhood programs establish collaborative, two-way relationships with families. This leads to program improvement and better outcomes for children and families. In that vein, OEC believes that it is critical to establish forums for ongoing, accessible conversations with the early childhood community to enhance our agency service and outcomes. This webinar is an important first step toward this goal. Commissioner Beth Bye … Continue reading


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    WEBINAR-Welcome to the Group: Inclusion for Young Children with Autism Dec. 4, 2019 @ 11:00am-12:30pm

    November 1, 2019

    When: December 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Where:   https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/30366/ Cost: Free Welcome to the Group: Inclusion for Young Children with Autism December 04, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern About this Webinar: Child care providers and preschool teachers need to use best practices to successfully include young children with autism and related disorders in their programs. This webinar will discuss best practices for including all children (birth-5) in program activities. Presenters will define what is inclusion and the benefits of including young children with autism and related disorders in child care and preschool settings. They will … Continue reading


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    Coaching During Service Coordonation

    November 1, 2019

    Coaching is best practice early intervention when supporting families, whether developing strategies during everyday activities or during provision of service coordination.  This video features a service coordinator with the Infant & Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church describing how she use coaching during service coordination. (VA Early Intervention Professional Development Center, run time 1:26) A Parent’s Perspective on the value of Service Coordination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=34&v=fkme0PafsqI


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    MEISR Recorded Webinar

    October 30, 2019

    The Measure of Engagement, Independence, and Social Relationships (MEISR) is an authentic assessment tool that is arranged by looking directly at family routines.  It includes skills from all developmental areas that might be assessed during  14 common everyday activities of families.  For a 40 minute recorded webinar explaining the tool in more detail click HERE.


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    Infants Recognize Counting Long Before They Can Say, ‘1, 2, 3’

    October 25, 2019

    It generally takes until preschool age for children to understand that a word like “four” represents a set, but new research from Johns Hopkins University suggests infants understand the concept of counting years earlier.


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