Birth to Three Blog

    Inclusion Benefits Everyone!

    March 8, 2016

    An inspiring story in the Washington Post,  Going on Offense vs. Down Syndrome, highlights that while most people saw limits for Frankie Antonelli his parents saw potential.  They decided to see what an actively competitive home and community environment could do for their son: “How might he develop if they thought in terms of maximizing his abilities instead of disabilities?”  


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    Sign-up for Natural Learning Environments Training!

    March 2, 2016

    Due to high demand, the Provider Support team has added two more natural learning environments trainings: March 16th in Hartford and April 13th in Hamden.  We have room in both trainings – sign up soon – March 16th is right around the corner.  Feedback from your colleagues has been very positive indicating that the training changed their thinking about Early Intervention and their role with families and children – for the better.  Hope to see you there!


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    HMG Networking Breakfast schedule

    February 25, 2016

    The Office of Early Childhood Family Support Services Division is pleased to share the 2016 calendar of Help Me Grow Networking Breakfasts. Help Me Grow program staff regularly host community networking breakfasts that bring together service providers to identify gaps and barriers in service,  share information, learn about new initiatives and develop solutions to challenging family issues. Join a breakfast near you!


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    CT. DEC Open Meeting Discussing the New DEC Recommended Practices

    February 18, 2016

    CT DEC is excited to announce the upcoming event that is open to all interested members of the ECE community. ece 2016 Special Educators with a Purpose : Keynote speaker, Mary Beth Bruder from UCONN Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  “Building our Capacity for Evidence Based Practice: Our Responsibility to Those We Teach” and Discussion of the new DEC Recommended Practices.  All attendees will receive a copy of the DEC Recommended Practice.  March 22nd, 6-9 p.m. in the Community Room, Goodwin College.  Please RSVP to ctdecearlychildhood@gmail.com    


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    Together We Will – Stipends For Parents

    February 18, 2016

    The 23 rd Annual Together We Will Conference on April 6, 2016 is offering stipends to parents who would like to attend.  Please use the following forms to request a stipend: 2016 TWW Family – eng       2016 TWW Family – span     Find more information on the conference on www.birth23.org/calendar.


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    New DEC Recommended Practices Videos

    February 11, 2016

    A new video about the DEC Recommended Practices was recently posted here dec-sped.org/rpvideos.  Mary McLean, the chair of the DEC Recommended Practices Commission, offers an overview of the 2014 Recommended Practices in the top video and if you scroll down you’ll see another short video about, “Evidence Syntheses of the DEC Recommended Practices.”


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    When It Comes to Language Development Not All Toys Are Created Equal!

    February 9, 2016

    A new study looks at the role of toys ( electronic “learning” toys vs. traditional toys vs. books) in promoting language development.  The results were significant – traditional toys and books supported language development and high quality parent-child communication more than electronic toys.


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    EASTCONN Hosting 3rd Annual Infant/Toddler Conference: Let’s Talk

    February 9, 2016

    This Conference on March 11th,  will place an emphasis on development of language skills for children 0-3, including supporting language with quality children’s books. Supporting Dual Language Learners will be an integral component to this professional learning, as well as supporting children to understand language and use language for social interaction. See Birth to Three Calendar for more information.  


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    Lead Exposure in Young Children

    February 8, 2016

    Parents who are worried about lead poisoning may contact their child’s medical provider to request evaluation for lead exposure with a blood test. Infants and toddlers in Connecticut are screened for lead exposure and parents of children with a blood lead level of 10 micrograms per deciliter  (mcg/dL) or greater receive information about: identifying and eliminating sources of lead dietary approaches to reducing lead in their children’s bodies typical developmental milestones, so they may identify a delay as soon as possible how to refer their child for a Birth to Three developmental evaluation You can’t see, smell, or taste lead in water. … Continue reading


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    CPAC Family Connections Mentor Program

    February 8, 2016

    Family Connections is a statewide program that helps connect parents who have infants and toddlers involved in the CT Birth to Three System with experienced parent mentors who also have children with special needs and have been through Birth to Three. The CT Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) is recruiting new volunteers for this valuable mentoring program.  Please share this opportunity with parents who may be interested! More information Application for Interested Parents


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    AAP Releases Updated Immunization Schedule

    February 8, 2016

    Immunizations prevent illnesses with potentially devastating health and developmental consequences.  An updated 2016 schedule was recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The updated schedule was also approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The “Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 through 18 Years,” changes the order of the vaccines to group them by the recommended age of administration,  adds three recently licensed vaccines, and includes footnotes and a catch-up  schedule. Please discuss the 2016 schedule with your families and help ensure they  … Continue reading


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    Have you joined your colleagues at Birth to Three’s Natural Learning Environment training yet?

    February 5, 2016

      The Provider Support Team has been busy offering trainings around the state on “Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices”.  The trainings have been filling so fast that we will be adding two additional trainings in March and April.  Be on the lookout for postings on the Birth to Three Calendar!


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    Connecticut Launches Safe Sleep Campaign Promoting Safe Sleep Environments for Infants

    February 5, 2016

    In April 2014, the Office of the Child Advocate issued data from 2001-2013 reporting that the number of Connecticut infants who died where unsafe sleep conditions were present was almost three times the number of infants who died of child abuse. The public health alert also stated that infants in Connecticut are more likely to die from unsafe sleeping conditions than from child abuse, car accidents, choking, drowning, falls, or any other form of accidental injury.  The statewide campaign will distribute information to parents of newborns discharged from the hospital through a variety of means including door hangers, posters, booklets … Continue reading


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    Autism webinar Jan 27 – Dr. Fred Volkmar

    January 11, 2016

    The Center for Children’s Advocacy is hosting a webinar entitled, Autism: Research, Diagnosis and Intervention Panelists include: Dr. Fred Volkmar, Yale Child Study Center; Dr. Ada Fenick, Yale-New Haven Hospital; Attorney Jay Sicklick, Center for Children’s Advocacy; Sarah Reid, Parent; Connecticut Dept. of Developmental Services / Behavioral Health Partnership Dr. Volkmar is primary author of the American Psychiatric Association DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders section.  He has authored hundreds of papers and books including: A Practical Guide to Autism (Wiley Press) Asperger’s Syndrome (Guilford Press) Health Care for Children on Autism Spectrum (Woodbine) Handbook of Autism (Wiley Publishing) For more information,visit: … Continue reading


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    FY15 Birth to Three System data report available online

    December 28, 2015

    The Connecticut Birth to Three System and State Interagency Coordinating  Council report to the Governor each year on activities that support families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities.  We are pleased to share the latest report, posted here Birth23.org/aboutb23/annualdata/. Meet the Daly Family and hear from their service coordinator and Finn’s pediatrician,  compare town-by-town referral data, and learn how our almost 1,200 service providers partner with families in a dynamic and individualized process that enhances learning and development during everyday activities. Prior years’ reports are also available on the same web page. To get to the Annual Data Reports page on Birth23.org click the … Continue reading


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    Natural Learning Environments Training: January 12th

    December 11, 2015

    As many of you know the Natural Learning Environments trainings have been filling up as soon as we put them on the calendar.  That’s great!  We do still have some room in the NLE training on January 12th ( snow date January 26th) at Education Connections in Litchfield.  Don’t worry about the snow….it’s a beautiful drive any time of the year!!  See you there.  www.birth23.org/calendar


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    Translation & Interpretation Services

    December 10, 2015

    Looking for translation of a family’s IFSP into Farsi? The State of Connecticut Contract # 14PSX0152 lists twenty vendors who can provide document translation and/or face-to-face interpretation. Anyone may contact these agencies to purchase their services.  If your agency receives 60% or more of your funding from a combination of state and federal sources, you may purchase their services at the contracted rates (which are often lower than those offered to the public).  Agencies differ in their rates per language, and in the languages they can provide. Go to http://www.biznet.ct.gov/SCP_Search/ContractDetail.aspx?ID=15293 to see how these vendors may support your effective communications … Continue reading


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    Five New Videos from Iowa via Florida

    December 7, 2015

    When other states develop and share resources, we like to pass them along in case you aren’t part of one of the many email lists out there.  We all know that coaching  isn’t a “model” which means there isn’t yet a strong theoretical foundation and a body of empirical research that supports the practices.  Many states refer to it as coaching methods or coaching strategies or coaching practices  so when you watch the first video and the interventionist uses “model” just know that she knows it’s not a model yet. (“It’s a model in development!” – Juliann Woods) Larry Edelman developed these videos … Continue reading


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    Kids Mental Health info now available in Spanish

    November 30, 2015

    Looking for answers to questions and concerns about a young child’s behavior or mental health?  Now you can find them in English and Spanish. Topics include: Information for Parents and Caregivers Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Child Trauma Early Care and Education Providers School-Based Mental Health To request English/Spanish postcards about this website for your staff and/or parents, please  contact Abby Alter, at Aalter@uchc.edu


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    Resources for Sensory Friendly Clothing

    November 19, 2015

    Finding clothing for someone with a sensory processing disorder can be a challenge. There are a lot of factors that can cause discomfort: itchy tags, harsh materials, and exposed elastic bands are just a few.  Here are 18 stores dedicated to providing a comfortable and stylish wardrobe for children and adults with special needs.


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