Birth to Three Blog

    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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    EI on the FLY podcasts!!

    October 25, 2019

    http://eitrainingcenter.org/podcasts.html EI on the Fly: A podcast all things Early Intervention is live! This podcast is a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Partnership for People with Disabilities/Virginia Commonwealth University. 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. … Continue reading


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    Study Exposes ‘Significant Shortcomings’ In Autism Screening

    October 22, 2019

    The primary method that pediatricians use to identify children with autism is missing more kids with the developmental disorder than it catches, new research suggests. Less than 40 percent of children later diagnosed with autism screened positive on what’s known as the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers with Follow-Up, or M-CHAT/F, when they were assessed as youngsters.  That’s the finding of a large new study published this month in the journal Pediatrics. https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2019/10/21/study-exposes-significant-shortcomings-autism-screening/27329/


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    CT Infant Mental Health conference: November 21, 2019

    October 18, 2019

    Join others in the field for a one-day conference: Embedding the Diversity-Informed Tenets into Your Work with Infants, Children, and Families. Increase Your Self-Awareness & Reflective Capacity about Diversity, and Find Your Voice as a Champion for Children.  The workshops lead participants through reflective exercises and consider how their work can be revised with the integration of the Tenets.  Register and Information 


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    It’s How You Are…Not Just What You Do!

    October 3, 2019

    Self-care has been a hot topic in some Early Intervention “circles” lately, so we want to share with you some thoughts about taking care of YOU! This blog is on Virginia’s Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog.


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    Trainings through CT Women’s Consortium

    October 1, 2019

    The CT Women’s Consortium offers many trainings of interest to staff and possibly to families.  Some current topics include: Neuroscience Interventions For Family Caregivers, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model; Boundaries Burnout and Professional Ethics.  These trainings seem valuable both personally and professionally.  Information:/netforum.avectra.com/eweb/Shopping/Shopping.aspx?pager=0&Site=cwc&WebCode=Shopping&cart=0


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    Early Intervention Specialist Class (and ITFS Credential)

    October 1, 2019

    The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities through UCONN is taking applications for their year long course of study that leads to the Infant Toddler Family specialist Credential in the Birth to Three System.  It is a multi-disciplinary class and also allows Developmental Therapy Assistants to advance to a Developmental Therapy Specialist. The course work is in the following areas: Family-centered Practice, Evaluation and Assessment, and Intervention Planning.  Participants receive a significant stipend after successful completion.  For more information: https://uconnucedd.org/2019/09/23/now-enrolling-interdisciplinary-training-for-early-intervention-professionals-specialist-program/    


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    CDC Milestone Tracker

    October 1, 2019

    If you haven’t yet explored the resources available on the CDC’s Developmental Milestone pages, you’re really missing something great! There are checklists, videos, activity suggestions and more.  Please explore and share with families!   https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html


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