Birth to Three Blog

    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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    Dive In Zero to Three Annual Conference – October 2-4, 2019; Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    September 19, 2019

    The early childhood field is a vast and ever-expanding sea of possibilities. Savvy professionals are always exploring new depths in search of innovative solutions that will enable them do their best work. ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference 2019 features an extensive array of research-informed and competency-based sessions designed to help you navigate the changing tides, and leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. DIVE IN and let ZERO TO THREE currents guide you to hidden treasures! Primary Venue The Diplomat 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019 The Diplomat Since 1920, this charming coastal area has been a favorite of travelers seeking a quieter … Continue reading


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    Workshop: Anti-Racism October 12 @ 4:00pm-8:00pm

    September 13, 2019

    Free Anti-Racism Workshop Training designed for community members and EVERYONE whose work impacts the lives of Hartford residents. Light dinner and childcare provided. Parker Memorial Community Center 2621 Main Street; Hartford, CT RSVP Hartfordetc@gmail.com Lkerith@gmail.com


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    Coaching During Service Coordination: What does It Look Like?

    September 13, 2019

    The National Service Coordination CoP through DEC is putting on a webinar on October 30, 2019 from 2 – 3 PM Eastern Time addressing use of coaching during service coordination activities.  Register here.    


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    Service Coordination – Navigating Difficult Situations

    September 4, 2019

    Weathering the Storm – How Service Coordinators Manage Difficult Situations: This article from Virginia’s Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog highlights the difficult work of service coordinators as conflict managers and provides some helpful tips for navigating these situations. There are a number of thought-provoking comments at the end of the article as well.


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    25th Anniversary (FY18) Data Report is Available Online!

    August 28, 2019

    In the past we called these “Baby Books” and for many years they were professionally designed and printed.  Then when funding was tight we cut back and produced simple PDFs online in house. Since we celebrated our 25th anniversary as a state system on October 1st, 2018, the OEC wanted to support designing and printing this special report. All the reports can be found here https://www.birth23.org/how-are-we-doing/annualdata/ and FY18 is at the top. FY19 will be posted more quickly as we go back to reporting this in a way that costs less including linking to CTData.org and other public and open … Continue reading


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    Conference: When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters Versus Problem Feeders @ Clarion Hotel; Portland, ME – 10/21/19 – 10/24/19

    August 27, 2019

    When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters Versus Problem Feeders Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding Dates & Location: Special Weekday Conference Monday – Thursday OCTOBER 21-24, 2019 PORTLAND, ME Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress Street   Presented by: Dr. Kay A. Toomey, PhD, Lindsay Beckerman, MOT, OTR/L, & Kelly Fitzpatrick, CCC-SLP   Registration Information: Early Bird (on or before 8/15/19): $739.00/person Standard (on or after 8/16/2019): $789.00/person Group Discounts at any time (only 1 applies) 3rd person’s registration = 25% off; 4th person’s registration = 50% off; 5th person’s registration = FREE We’ve booked a block of rooms … Continue reading


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    2019 Infant Toddler Institute @ EdAdvance; Litchfield, CT

    August 14, 2019

    2019 Infant Toddler Institute For Infant/Toddler Teachers, Early Care Providers, Home Visitors, B-3 Early Interventionists, Program Supervisors & Administrators DATE & TIME: Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. LOCATION: EdAdvance 355 Goshen Road, Litchfield, CT 06759 FEE: $90 (includes breakfast & lunch) REGISTER: sullivan@edadvance.org KEYNOTE: The Power of You: Bringing Your Best Self to Your Work with Infants, Toddlers & Their Families! Dr. Rebecca Parilla, Ph.D., IECMH-E® National Clinical Officer, Child First MORNING SESSION: Tools and Strategies to Promote Regulation in Self and Others -and- Overview of CT Association for Infant Mental Health, Endorsement & Reflective Supervision/Consultation Heidi … Continue reading


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    NEAT Newsletter – July 2019 Edition

    July 25, 2019

    The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) July 2019 Edition is now available online.  To learn about any new products & events, and to subscribe to the Newsletter, please visit the following link: https://mailchi.mp/oakhillct/neat-newsletter-617815?e=d9c9a9ec9a


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    Home Visitor Online Learning Modules

    July 16, 2019

    The Office of Early Childhood has overseen production of high-quality, engaging online modules for home visitors.  Modules include: Talking With Families About Safe Sleep, Family Play and Child Development, Infant Mental Health, Trauma Informed Care, Healthy Families.  Modules are in English and Spanish and are accessed here.  The link will also be added to our website.


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