Birth to Three Blog

    Are You Getting Weekly Birth to Three BLOG Posts? Are Your Colleagues?

    May 1, 2015

    If you have not signed up for weekly emails that alert you to recent BLOG posts, you may be missing key information. We post important Birth to Three updates, trainings,  information and tools that support you in providing quality services in Early Intervention.  You can sign up for weekly alerts right on the BLOG by scrolling down  until you see the sign-up on the left sidebar.  Don’t miss out on information you need.  Sign-up today! Of course, if you are reading this in an email, you are all set but will you please check with your colleagues to see if they got … Continue reading


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    Birth to Three Feeding Training in June

    May 1, 2015

    Our upcoming training, The Whole Pie Framework for Pediatric Feeding, will be held June 1 & 2 with national presenter, Becky Miksic, OTR/L, T-NLP, T-TET.  The training focuses on infants and toddlers with special needs who have sensory and behavioral difficulties that interfere with their nutrition and feeding. In this interactive course, participants will learn how to identify feeding issues and support families.  This presenter comes highly recommended.  The training is filling quickly so don’t wait and get closed out!


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    Periodic Reviews of the IFSP

    April 27, 2015

    This is an important summary of the IDEA regulations regarding IFSP review deadlines.


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    Take Time, Talk

    April 15, 2015

    Studies show that by the time children reach a mere three years old, a 30-million word gap exists between children of the lowest and highest income families. This refers to the number of words children are exposed to—well before they reach kindergarten. The “Take Time. Talk!” tool offers demonstrations on how adults can talk more in-depth with their infants, toddlers and preschool-age children, whether at the grocery store, enjoying a meal, bath time and more.  There are simple handouts available in English and Spanish.


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    April 16th – Act Early Forum Webinar: Text4Baby Mobile Information Service and Act Early Collaboration Opportunities

    April 14, 2015

    AUCD Act Early is sponsoring a Webinar for learning more about a novel communication tool, Text4baby, which offers information and resources during pregnancy and the first year of a baby’s life. Learn about the Text4baby service and how the program provides information on important developmental milestones for babies and the importance of screenings.  More information and registration.


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    Program Director Job Opening

    April 8, 2015

    Wheeler clinic has a Birth to Three Program Director position open. For more information click here.  


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    What Birth to Three Looks Like! Now available on website.

    April 6, 2015

    You will see several new pages on the Birth to Three website: What Birth to Three Look Like: Natural Learning Environment Practices, Coaching as a style of interaction, and Primary Service Provider approach to teaming.  These pages explain our research supported practices, contain references for more information, and links for useful tools for families and providers.  The pages can be accessed in two different ways: under About Birth to Three from the menu on the left side of the home page, and under the Resources tab at the top of the website. We hope this will put important information about Birth to Three services … Continue reading


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    B23 Banner at the Capitol This Week

    March 30, 2015

    B23 Banner posted across from the Capitol this week! Planning to visit Hartford this week? Be sure to pass by the Capitol building and look at 165 Capitol Avenue across the street. When Governor Malloy looks out his office window this week, he will see a 3 foot tall Birth to Three logo and our intake phone number next to the message, “Life is full of Surprises.  Call Birth to Three if your baby isn’t developing as expected.”  Hundreds of passersby have seen  our public awareness banner every year since 2006.  This week, you can too!  


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    Free child car seats & training for Naugatuck Valley parents

    March 23, 2015

    DERBY (WTNH) – Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley, Griffin Hospital and The Derby Elks are teaming up to offer a free training on child car seats and a seat giveaway. It’s on Wednesday, April 15 from 2-6 p.m. at Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach parking lot, 4 Mountain St., Derby. This training will help answer questions about safety requirements for children in various car seats. At the end of this training, participants will receive a free seat appropriate to their child’s needs and instruction on proper use. To be eligible for the giveaway, participants must preregister. Free seats are limited, so the program … Continue reading


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    Don’t get closed out of upcoming Birth to Three trainings with national presenters!

    March 9, 2015

    Check out the Birth to Three Calendar to register for the exciting trainings coming up this Spring including: Young Children’s Play in Early Intervention/Early Childhood: Description, Assessment and Intervention The training will be presented on April 24, 2015 by  Karen Lifter, Ph.D., Northeastern University – author of Developmental Play Assessment. _________________________________________________________________ Effects of Stress & Trauma on Social-Emotional Development of Infants & Toddlers This is a ONE day training that will be presented on three different dates in three different locations around the state, making it convenient for all Early Intervention providers to attend.  The training is with nationally recognized presenters, Jane Ellison, … Continue reading


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    SSIP Phase I Final Draft available

    March 2, 2015

    The final draft of Phase I of  Connecticut’s State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is online for review. Click here to view the final daft of Phase I approved at the stakeholder meeting. Please contact Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov with any questions or suggested edits no later than March 16th, 2015 This is a sample of what the report will look like once it is entered into the online system called GRADS360. To learn more about the SSIP and how Connecticut’s stakeholders got to this point, please visit the SSIP webpage at https://www.birth23.org/accountability/spp/ssip/ also available via the Birth23.org Home page menus on the left under … Continue reading


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    Parent-Led Intervention Improves Outcomes for Toddlers With Autism

    March 2, 2015

    A recent research study reports that toddlers with autism have demonstrated significant improvement after intensive intervention by parents rather than clinicians. Parent-led intense intervention during everyday activities resulted in significant improvements in several areas for children diagnosed with Autism.  Parent-Implemented Social Intervention for Toddlers With Autism: An RCT Additional research found that that parent-led  intervention may lower the risk for toddlers that are at high risk for autism.  


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    Another Great Video!

    February 17, 2015

    If you haven’t bookmarked the Desired Results video library yet, now is a good time.  Be sure to let families know about this resource as well. Team Lydia Rose: Supporting Inclusion Every Day in Every Way (16:18) This video illustrates how inclusive practices should begin as early as possible. In the first part, Janelle describes her two year old daughter’s birth, early weeks in the NICU, and her stroke at four months old. In the second part, Janelle is joined by Lydia Rose’s child development center teacher and her early interventionist as they discuss and illustrate a range of topics … Continue reading


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    Reflective Supervision Groups Forming Soon

    February 17, 2015

    Aileen McKenna is meeting with Margaret Holmberg and Heidi Maderia from CT Association of Infant Mental Health to discuss starting up several new reflective supervision groups for Birth to Three providers. If you are interested or want more information please contact Aileen McKenna at aileen.mckenna@ct.gov or 860-418-6136.


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    Linda Bamonte, DPT was published!

    February 10, 2015

    Congratulations to our own Linda Bamonte, DPT for her article in this recent APTA Journal!


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    Rush & Shelden Training

    February 10, 2015

    Nine Birth to Three programs recently participated in several days of training with national presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden on Evidence Based Practices in Early Intervention.  Everyone was excited and challenged to expand our thinking about our practices with children and families .  Now we will be moving forward with TA to the nine programs who attended, to support them in implementing these practices on a deeper level.  We are exploring ways to disseminate this information and practices to more programs.  In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more their books, The Early Intervention Teaming Handbook and … Continue reading


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    Birth to Three Training – Developing Effective Sensory Diets – March 5 & 6

    February 6, 2015

    The trainer, Glen Wild MOT, OTR is a national presenter specializing in work with children with autism and sensory processing disorders. Learning objectives for this session include: (1) identify the three types of sensory modulation disorders; (2) utilize assessment results to formulate an effective sensory diet plan; (3) define the essential components in teaching self- modulation skills; (4) access research-based tools for creating visual sensory diet supports; (5) utilize provided forms and checklists to empower parents to support the children in their daily environments; and (6) identify sensory strategies to appropriately meet the needs of individual children.  Register through Birth … Continue reading


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    SPP/APR submitted and Tables by Program Posted

    February 3, 2015

    This is a link to the final combined (63 page) State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR).  It was submitted to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs on January 29th, 2015.  The format is completely different from previous years.  For more information about the SPP/APR, click here.  The new Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP has not been included since it is not due until April 1, 2015. The public reporting tables that report performance by program or county have also been updated and are available here. You can find them anytime on Birth23.org under How Are We … Continue reading


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    FY14 Annual Data Report is available online

    February 2, 2015

    “Learning From Each Other” is the FY14 annual data report to the Governor and General Assembly about the activities of the CT Birth to Three System.  Explore data, read about the joys and challenges shared by families and providers, and learn how Birth to Three supports and collaboration with community partners made a positive difference for almost 10,000 families last year! Here is a direct link https://www.birth23.org/files/ADR/AnnualReportFY14.pdf and all of the reports can be found by visiting Birth23.org and clicking About Birth to Three > Annual Data Reports.  


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    OT Birth to Three Position

    January 26, 2015

    The CT. Birth to Three System currently has an opening in the Training Department for an Occupational Therapist with experience in delivering Part C services to children and families.  A main job responsibility is to develop and conduct training and provide technical assistance to Birth to Three private providers.  Closing date is February 2, 2015.  Birth to Three OT Job Posting.


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