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    BAGL Webinar series

    September 30, 2020

    Here is a link for the first webinar in a new series: “Building a Great Life in Our Schools and Communities” Friday, October 23, 2020 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Via Zoom (link provided once registered) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-a-great-life-in-our-schools-and-communities-tickets-123017613995 The University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities are pleased to announce the first in our Building a Great Life webinar series for famlies, advocates, providers and members of our communities Presented by Dr. Erik Carter, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University, his research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general … Continue reading


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    New Knowledge and Skills for Service Coordinators

    September 24, 2020

    Visit the KSSC to learn more about how they may be used to support and guide Part C Early Intervention programs fulfilling the federal requirement of service coordination. To stay connected and informed on new and existing service coordination initiatives join the DEC Service Coordination Community of Practice!


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    Family Engagement Series at Brazelton Touchpoints Center

    August 17, 2020

    The Brazelton Center is running a family engagement series that includes 5 sessions starting August 25th.  More information: https://btc.talentlms.com/catalog/index/cat:23


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    EI Excellence BLOG

    August 6, 2020

    From the EI Excellence blog – Are They Just Not That Into Me?  A speech-language pathologist and service coordinator share perspective and strategies to use when it seems that the family is not interested in early intervention.


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    Birth to Three Job Posting!

    July 27, 2020

    The Monitoring position for Birth to Three has been posted with a closing date of August 10, 2020!  Come work with our exciting team!!  Job Title: Educational Projects Coordinator Opening Date: Jul 27 2020 12:00AM Closing Date: Aug 10 2020 11:59PM Recruitment Number: 200724-1120EA-001 Web Link: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jobapscloud.com%2FCT%2Fsup%2FBulpreview.asp%3FR1%3D200724%26R2%3D1120EA%26R3%3D001&data=01%7C01%7CAlice.Ridgway%40ct.gov%7C7780fbda7e2a4bb467cd08d8321d103a%7C118b7cfaa3dd48b9b02631ff69bb738b%7C0&sdata=tg3zTNuZE6X3J9V2Bbxq4rHw5vTgVAILc59T1rmo1EQ%3D&reserved=0  


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    SpecialEdConnections.com Highlights A Birth to Three Therapist as Part of the “Bright Spot of Innovation” Series

    July 9, 2020

    Recently, Jennifer Michael, Developmental Therapist at KIDSTEP (SARAH-inc) was profiled in the ongoing “Bright Spot of Innovation” series highlighting the transition to providing services via technology during the current PHE and how it has afforded unique opportunities for all! Read the full article here


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    Babies Know When You Imitate Them – and Like It

    July 7, 2020

    Six-month old infants recognize when adults imitate them, and perceive imitators as more friendly, according to a study from Lund University in Sweden. Babies looked and smiled longer at an adult who imitated them, as opposed to when the adult responded in other ways. Babies also approached them more, and engaged in imitating games. See more from videos and information at this website. https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/watch-babies-know-when-you-imitate-them-and-like-it Information from Baby Talk – a free, one-way listserv that is distributed monthly. Each issue features high quality, readily available, and free resources. To join the listserv, send an email with no message or signature block … Continue reading


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    CT Leadership Academy

    June 18, 2020

    CT Leadership Academy Application We are excited to announce the application of the CT Leadership Academy is now available. We are looking for those in a leadership position within Birth to Three and/or Early Childhood Special Education to apply for this first cohort. This application will be open until July 1, 2020. The time commitment will include 20 hours a month of intensive technical assistance and training. There will be a stipend awarded to those who participate throughout the full year. Please email your application to Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D., at bruder@uchc.edu and Nicole Cossette at nicole.cossette@ct.gov.


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    Help Promote Birth to Three on Social Media!

    June 9, 2020

    Did you notice the new banner on our  Mail Chimp weekly email summary? (Are you getting our weekly summary emails on Tuesdays at noon?) We are fortunate to be supported by the OEC on a number of public awareness efforts like that. Have you seen all the social media posts about Birth to Three being open for referrals and that evaluations are free like the sample below?  We are working to help families and referral sources to understand that they should not wait if they have concerns about the development of an infant or toddler during the COVID-19 PHE. Look … Continue reading


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    Una visita en el hogar con la familia de Liam 

    June 4, 2020

    We are very pleased to share another wonderful video.  This one is in Spanish with English sub-titles. In Una visita en el hogar con la familia de Liam (A Home Visit with Liam’s Family), Ohio occupational therapist Marta Gonzalez delivers an early intervention home visit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video illustrates how home visits delivered through video conferencing can continue to support children and their families when in-person visits are not possible. The story is shared through insightful observations offered by Marta and Liam’s mother, Yinna. You can watch it on ECTA’s “Provider and Educator Use of Technology” page: Here is … Continue reading


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    Vision Screening Tools for Children From Birth to Age 3

    May 29, 2020

    The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness and School Health Corporation is hosting a webinar on June 4, 2020, 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST about vision screening tools for children aged birth to 3 years, as well as resources to support parent education about children’s vision and accessing eye care. They will also discuss: The impact of uncorrected vision disorders on a child’s development, behavior, and learning 18 vision development milestones that occur in the first year of life Vision screening tools for children ages birth to 3 years Free resources for parents/caregivers to support … Continue reading


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    Norm-referenced Tools list from ECTA

    May 13, 2020

    ECTA Center has offered a list of norm-referenced tools was compiled to assist states and programs with identifying assessments that can be administered when the assessor cannot be in the room with the child. Norm-referenced tools with parent interview sections.


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    30 years of Autism Research in New Report

    May 11, 2020

    UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), who lead the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice, have completed an updated systematic review of literature related to interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), uncovering new information on what practices produce positive outcomes for children and youth through age 22. The new report: “Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”


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    Have you seen the Remote EI Videos?!

    May 5, 2020

    Here is the link to ECTA’s  “Provider Use of Technology” webpage:  https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/ti-service.asp When you scroll down you’ll see a series of video’s by Larry Edelman including these three. A Home Visit with Ares’ Family. Ohio speech-language pathologist Lindsay Miketa delivers an early intervention home visit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video illustrates the experience of a family new to early intervention that has only received home visits via video conferencing. The story is accompanied by insightful observations offered by Lindsay and Ares’ parents, Jacqueline and Daniel. A Home Visit with Sam’s Family. This video illustrates an early intervention home visit … Continue reading


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    ECI Over 3!

    May 4, 2020

    Did you know that the combination of supports under the IDEA from Birth to Kindergarten is referred to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)? Connecticut is very fortunate to have a nimble state government that puts the needs of families first.  Two weeks ago Executive Order 7 DD authorized the Joint OEC/ CSDE Memo #19 implementing supports for families with children who are eligible for Part C who turn three during the COVID-19 PHE.  When a school district can’t determine eligibility for Part B due to school closures, Birth to Three can continue to provide Early Intervention Services (EIS). The specifics are … Continue reading


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    Leadership Development Grant Update

    April 28, 2020

    Great news! The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) have fully executed an MOA and can begin working on the Leadership Grant, which was awarded last fall. The leadership grant will further essential work in early childhood. The OEC is excited to collaborate with UConn’s team in developing a curriculum and implement the leadership program. Are you interested in this work? UConn has posted the following position! Please send this posting to all who may be interested. https://jobs.uchc.edu/CSS_External/CSSPage_Referred.ASP?Req=2020-836


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    The Brain Architects podcast by Dr. Jack Shonkoff – Special COVID-19 Series

    April 24, 2020

    The first guest of this special series is Center Director Dr. Jack Shonkoff. He and host Sally Pfitzer discuss how to support healthy child development during a pandemic, including the importance of caring for caregivers.                The Brain Architects Podcast: Early Childhood Development and COVID-19    


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    Webinars from Numotion on Various AT Equipment

    April 24, 2020

    Numotion is offering several free webinars in the Spring and Summer on Building Blocks for Success with Early Intervention Seating & Mobility, as well as various types of equipment from manufacturers.  Webinars earn 1 contact hour.  https://www.numotion.com/courses-events/webinars


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    VROOM: Tips for Families

    April 23, 2020

    VROOM is a site/app where leaders in child development share tips, videos, and ideas for families of young children.  The March issues was on Early Learning in the Home.  Sign up to access videos and information and share with families! https://us7.campaign-archive.com/?u=986d65b7a9d80a53b6c948c40&id=e624597123


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    Recorded webinar from National Seating and Mobility with Ginny Paleg, PT, DScPT

    April 23, 2020

    Information from National Seating and Mobility on how to move forward with equipment ordering through telehealth.  Ginny Paleg starts at 33:50 in the recording and shares great information on mobility needs, case studies, and assessment of sensorimotor disorders.  https://vimeo.com/408960728/0b08ab7d2b


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