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    DEC 2016 Conference: Call for Proposals

    November 19, 2015

    Proposal submissions are now being accepted for the Division for Early Childhood’s 32nd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families taking place October 18 – 20, 2016 in Louisville, KY. The deadline for submissions is January 19, 2016. More Information.  


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    2016 Partners in Policymaking – call for applications

    November 18, 2015

    The CT Council on Developmental Disabilities is offering enrollment in the 2016 Partners in Policymaking – a self-advocacy leadership training program for parents and individuals with disabilities The goal of Partners in Policymaking is to foster a collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, and policy makers at national, state and local levels, and consists of seven weekend training sessions with nationally recognized speakers and state experts on disability issues. For more information, contact: Molly.cole@ct.gov ph. 860-418-6157  or Donna Devin  ph. 860-418-8737    


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    Motor Training December 4th

    November 17, 2015

    “Babies Have Lots to Learn: Emphasis On Motor Skill in the First Year” is only a few weeks away! Sign up soon.  The objectives of training include identification of key points of typical motor development in the first year of life; emphasis on recognizing the “quality” of motor skill performance; appreciation of the effect of repetition and functional activities on the development of motor skills; and identification of “red flags” that would warrant further consultation for motor skills.  Will be presented by Linda Bamonte PT, DPT (Birth to Three Provider Support) and Cindy Jackson, MSPT, C.NDT (Children’s Therapy Services).


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    Deadline for UCONN Early Intervention Course & Stipend November 19th!

    November 17, 2015

    The University of Connecticut, Mary Beth Bruder, is offering a course including a series of 3 modules on early intervention. Many of our providers have taken a similar course with her in the past and stated that they learned so much and were astounded by their change in practice.  The course will allow for graduate for credit and a stipend, as well as attainment of the CT. Birth to Three Early Intervention Specialist Credential after successful completion of  the 3 modules.   Please contact Gabriela Freyre-Calish, MSW at 860-679-1563 or freyre@nso2.uchc.edu.   The deadline for application is Thursday, November 19, 2015.


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    Honoring Military Families – access to resources

    November 5, 2015

    November is the Month of the Military Family.  Mili­tary families embody strength, resilience, and courage.  They make tremendous sacrifices as they contend with separation from their families and  adjustments to new living situations and communi­ties. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a number of excellent resources, webinars, and links to partner organizations to support the well-being of our nation’s military families. Please share this link with your active and retired military families, with our thanks! Visit>>


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    Webinar – Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial Issues in Children with Congenital Heart Defects: Expected Not Accepted

    November 4, 2015

    In collaboration with the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the AAP Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children (PEHDIC) is developing several webinars with the aim of educating pediatricians and child health providers about birth defects and modifiable risk factors.  The first webinar, entitled “Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial Issues in Children with Congenital Heart Defects: Expected Not Accepted,” will take place Thursday, November 12th at 2pm CT.  There is no charge to attend; however prior registration is required. <https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7661475456886910978>.  


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    Last Call for Early Start Denver Model Training November 20th!

    November 4, 2015

    There is still some room in the Early Start Denver Model training which is sponsored by Birth to Three and will be held November 20th.  We will be opening the training up to additional agencies in the next few days.  Don’t get closed out of this important training on the ESDM curriculum which uses developmental-relationship based approaches combined with empirically supported, teaching practices from applied behavior analysis.  Birth to Three Calendar – Register.


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    #ActEarly Twitter Chat

    October 30, 2015

    Join #ActEarly for a Live Twitter chat on Monday, November 9 at 2pm ET.  Those on social media may follow AUCD @AUCDNews and the chat host, March of Dimes @modhealthtalk, for more details. To help you prepare and participate, here are the #ActEarly chat topics: T1 What does #ActEarly stand for? T2 What are developmental milestones? Why do they matter? Are they different for a preemie? #ActEarly T3 How can families #ActEarly? What should you do if you are worried your child’s development isn’t on track? #ActEarly T4 What is included in EI services? #ActEarly T5 Do all preemies need … Continue reading


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    Message for Families about Hearing Tests

    October 23, 2015

    Birth to Three has produced an important information sheet for ALL families whose children are enrolled and show delays in speech, language, or social development.  Please talk with your families about the importance of having an audiological evaluation for their children using the information found here to guide your discussion. This was developed, in part, to comply with Public Act 15-81.


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    Meet Sesame Street’s First Character with Autism!

    October 23, 2015

    “Fuzzy favorites Grover, Abby and Elmo are joined by their newest muppet pal, Julia, a character with autism, in Sesame Street Workshop‘s new nationwide initiative. Launched Wednesday morning, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children aims to reduce “the stigma of autism” with the introduction of the first muppet with autism.  The initiative, created for communities and families with children ages 2 to 5, includes a free downloadable app that incorporates video, digital story cards designed to make daily life tasks easier for families of children with autism and storybook materials for providers, organizations and caregivers. ” (article found … Continue reading


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    Recommendations for Practice: Children with Autism <3 years old

    October 21, 2015

    A recent study was published in Pediatrics –  Early Intervention for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Under 3 Years of Age: Recommendations for Practice and Research.  This study outlines several recommendations for best practice for interventions which include:  a combination of developmental and behavioral approaches that begin as early as possible,  and active involvement of the families and/or caregivers as part of the intervention.  CT. Birth to Three is providing an introductory training on the Early Start Denver Model on 11-20-2016 which is a curriculum for young children with autism that addresses these critical aspects of intervention.


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    Register for Early Start Denver Model soon!

    October 21, 2015

    Last year we had a waiting list – don’t get closed out this year!  The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) training is scheduled for November 20, 2015.  The presenter  is Jamie M. Winter, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, NY-Presbyterian Hospital.  This one-day Introductory Workshop  addresses the main aspects of the ESDM, a curriculum for young children with Autism which uses strategies to help children form warm, positive and engaging relationships with adults and peers.  It combines behavioral and relationship-based approaches into a developmental, play- based framework of intervention that is individualized for each child.  Register on Birth to … Continue reading


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    October Discounts on Infant Mental Health products

    October 15, 2015

    Looking for great information on supporting Infant Mental Health?  Go to this site  http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8cfb950e6790e75539e6e9e76&id=e3c0150551&e=96321ebd8d and claim your discounted rate on a variety of products before November 1st.   Just select “MI-AIMH Member” when you add products to your shopping cart! Connecticut is a proud member of the alliance of states that offer the Competencies and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health.  


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    Sensory Sunday at Kidcity Museum Nov 1st

    October 15, 2015

    Families of toddlers or preschoolers with sensory processing or autism disorders are invited to a FREE playtime in Middletown on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 9 – 11 AM.  Kidcity is a hands-on children’s museum with three floors of pretend play for young children. Enjoy a judgement-free zone and experience the museum. Pre-registration required.  To reserve a spot, please email the number of adults and kids (& their ages) to frontdesk@kidcitymuseum.com Note: This event is just for kids ages 1 to 5 years old – please don’t bring older siblings to this special playtime. The museum opens to the public … Continue reading


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    ED Launches a New Early Learning Webpage

    September 28, 2015

    Visit ED’s updated early learning webpage where you can learn about the Department’s early learning work. The webpage will make it easier for the public to learn about ED’s key early learning activities; initiatives and programs; ED’s interagency early learning work; the latest from ED’s technical assistance centers and research projects; and resources for families.   Please share the link to the webpage widely!  


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    Another Natural Learning Environments Training added to the calendar!

    September 24, 2015

    Due to high participation in the trainings on Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices for Birth to Three, we have added an additional date in the Trumbull area.  Natural learning environments are more than places.  And these practices involve more than embedding skills into the family’s daily activities.  Want to learn more?  Check  the Birth to Three Calendar for details and registration.  


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    New Publication: Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems for Children

    September 24, 2015

    Childhood trauma exposure is a significant and costly public health concern that affects tens of thousands of Connecticut children resulting in lifelong impairments to health, behavioral health and academic outcomes. CHDI has released its latest publication to inform early childhood practice:  “Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems for Children” The report includes: Guidelines and best-practices for developing a comprehensive and integrated trauma-informed system of care for children A summary and timeline of trauma-informed programs and services in Connecticut An analysis of progress and gaps for each major child-serving system in Connecticut Recommendations for system integration and improvement


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    CTAIMH Home Visitor Training -New Haven

    September 24, 2015

    The CT-AIMH is delighted to invite you to this FREE 5-part infant mental health training series offered to Home Visitors working in the New Haven area beginning on Monday, October 5, 2015. Get more information Register Now! These five workshops will increase your knowledge and practice in the area of infant mental health, and will include: how to see families and their young children through an attachment lens, how to understand infants/toddlers and their families and the challenges of unresolved trauma and loss, how to reflect and recognize your own feelings about your work that can impact your relationships with families, … Continue reading


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    Check out the Birth to Three Trainings for 2015- 2016!

    September 15, 2015

    The full-year training brochure can now be found on our website, under Professional Development with details about each of the  trainings and registration links on our calendar.  Some exciting upcoming trainings include: Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Going Deeper into Natural Learning Environment Practices, Using a Culturally Responsive Framework for Working with Young Children and Their Families, Audiological Implications for Birth to Three,  Motor Development in the First Year, and Early Start Denver Model.  Don’t Miss Out – Resigter soon!!


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    NCHAM Webinar on 9/23: Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Loss for Non-Audiologists

    September 11, 2015

    This webinar will describe how the different parts of the ear work, definitions and basic principles regarding hearing loss, and a summary of the most recent reports of congenital and later-onset hearing loss. The types of treatment and intervention for hearing loss will also be included, as well as how audiologists monitor and manage hearing loss and how to work with audiologists. Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET.      http://www.infanthearing.org/resources_home/events/intro-for-non-audiologists.html


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