Birth to Three Blog

    Save the date! – Setting the Context for Inter-professional Practice in EI Webinar

    October 9, 2018

    Save the date!  The National Center for Systemic Improvement is hosting a webinar series for Setting the Context for Inter-professional Practice in Early Intervention along with APTA, AOTA, ASHA, and DEC.  The first webinar will take place October 16, 2018 at 4-5 PM For more information click here. Please register by clicking here.

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    From Couching to Coaching by Dathan Rush

    October 5, 2018

      How do we get families engaged in early intervention? It starts with us communicating their enormous influence on their children’s development.  Read the article in the AHSA LEADER.  

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    Part C Dispute Resolution Guides

    September 17, 2018

    Here is a new resource from CADRE for Part C! From here you can watch the webinar that was held September 10th or download the slide deck or visit this page to download the guides:

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    Hard Work Planning Service Coordination Revisions!

    July 19, 2018

    Thanks to Heather our Service Coordination Planning meeting space at Beacon Service of CT. was a bit more enticing – given the weather was more appropriate for the beach than for work!  Lots of effort going into development of online training modules to support orientation of new staff and service coordination training.

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    Words Count-Free Literacy program for families in Greater Hartford

    July 10, 2018

    Words Count is a short-term, parent-directed, play based program that builds creativity and caregiver-child bonds. The program is based on research showing that the number of words a child hears by age 3 can have a significant impact on his or her future academic success. Research that tells us that by age three, children growing up in poor neighborhoods or from lower-income families may hear up to 30 million fewer words than their more privileged counterparts. During in-home and community-based coaching sessions with a literacy specialist, parents and caregivers are helped to increase their children’s vocabulary and enhance their conversational abilities. … Continue reading

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    Procedures and Forms now Easily Searchable

    July 5, 2018

    Now that all the forms and procedures have be “finalized” as of July 1, 2018, we combined them into small PDFs.  These PDFs can be stored on your phone so you can search all of them at once without access to the internet and without having to remember in which procedure to look. Here is the link to All Current Procedures  (1.6 Mb, 222 pages) Here is the link to All Current Forms in English (<1 Mb, 62 pages) Here is the link to All Current Translated Forms ( 3.5 Mb, 223 pages) We will continue our efforts to streamline … Continue reading

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    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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    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:  

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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. 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.  

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    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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    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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