Birth to Three Blog

    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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    DCF Head Start Partnership meeting Oct. 9th

    September 3, 2015

    The  next DCF-Head Start Partnership statewide quarterly meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM in Memorial Hall on the CCSU campus in New Britain. In addition to our regular teamwork, there will be a presentation on HEAD START, TRAUMA SMART by Avis Smith, ACSW, LSCSW, LCSW, Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  This is a national model of providing therapeutic supports within a Head Start setting:     http://www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/head-start-trauma-smart           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXzKVpiSzH8  


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    Office of Early Childhood Kicks Off CLICK for Babies Campaign

    August 28, 2015

    The CT. Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is kicking off its participation in the nationwide CLICK for Babies Campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.  The purpose is to create awareness of the leading trigger for infant abuse, frustration with infant crying.  The OEC and community organizations will be collecting and distributing purple handmade caps across the state to new parents.  Some good information for parents related to infant crying can be found at CLICK for Babies .  


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    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Awareness Day – Informational Forum

    August 28, 2015

    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) is an often overlooked and under-diagnosed condition with serious developmental implications that confers automatic eligibility for IDEA Part C, Connecticut Birth to Three System supports.  Learn more from Dr. Carol Cohen Weitzman, Yale School of Medicine and State ICC member, and colleagues from across the state: Wednesday, Sept. 9  – 9 AM – 12 noon Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room 2E,  Hartford, CT registration begins at 8:30 Space is limited.  Please RSVP to mgiovannucci@abhct.com or dachenbach@abhct.com Co-Sponsored by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, The CT Department of Children and Families and Advanced Behavioral … Continue reading


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    New COS Session Added to Module!

    August 25, 2015

    Huh? Previously we posted about a free online learning module for the Child Outcome Summary (COS) Process A fourth session has just been added outlining the 7-point scale used to indicate a child’s status on each of the three outcomes at a given point in time.  The 7-point scale indicates how the child’s current functioning compares to age-expected functioning for his or her chronological age Below is the direct link to the site where you can learn more and register for access to the module. http://dasycenter.org/child-outcomes-summary-cos-process-module-collecting-using-data-to-improve-programs/


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    View Archived Sessions from the National Autism Conference

    August 13, 2015

    Earlier this month the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, and PaTTAN sponsored the National Autism Conference.  Many of the sessions were made available at no cost via live webcasting.  Here is a link to see some of the archived sessions from this year and last years conference. View the archived webcasting sessions here.


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    Conference: Building A Great Life!

    August 6, 2015

    Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA and the 40th anniversary of the IDEA with families, self-advocates and professionals on October 2 and 3, 2015 in Farmington. Go here for more information: http://pathct.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Building-a-Great-Life-Registration-Book-SERC-FINAL-7-14-_Page_1.jpg Register  before Sept. 11th: http://buildingagreatlife.eventbrite.com Hemos incluido información y hoja de inscripción en español


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    Upcoming Natural Learning Environment Training

    August 6, 2015

    This is a critical training for all interventionists in the Birth to Three System. An overview of Birth to Three best practices will be presented including Natural Learning Environments, Coaching as a Style of Interaction, and Primary Service Provider approach to teaming. Focus will be on developing increased competence in using a family’s everyday activities, and all the learning opportunities present within that activity, to promote child development and increased participation.  This training is now open for registration on the Birth to Three Calendar.


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    ECTA Center eNotes

    August 4, 2015

    Do you get these Early Childhood TA Center emails each Friday?   The articles are often very interesting and relevant like the new parent portal at Zero to Three or the Spanish language video on Early Hearing Screening.    To sign up email sue.goode@unc.edu  


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