Birth to Three Blog

    Evidence-Based Practices in Early Intervention

    July 15, 2014

    We are pleased to be supporting an initiative with nationally recognized presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Sheldon: “Evidence-Based Practices in Early Intervention: Use of Natural Learning Environments, Coaching, and Primary Provider Approach to Teaming”. This is a wonderful opportunity for in-depth training and collaboration with these leaders in the field including 2 webinars, a 2 day Institute, and 6 months of follow-up TA support.  Applications have been emailed to all program directors and are due by August 7, 2014.


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    New Files and Temporary Ones

    July 11, 2014

    If you are looking for a new version of a procedure or form or file and the old version opens instead of the new, please be sure that you have deleted your temporary internet files and then try again.  If after that you still see the old file, do let us know.


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    Email Sign up Widget Added to Blog Screen

    July 8, 2014

    If you are reading this in an email from the Connecticut Birth to Three System, you can stop here – your email address has already been added to the automated process for sending out blog post summaries once a week. If you are reading this from Feedburner or another reader app or directly on the Birth23.org website and have not been receiving blog post summaries via email (usually around noon on Tuesday), you can now sign up right on Birth23.org. Go to the Blog tab, scroll down and look for the last widget on the left. It looks like this:


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    OSEP Determinations

    July 1, 2014

    Last week Connecticut received the state’s “determination letter” from the US Dept. of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and for the 7th year in a row… “The Department has determined that Connecticut meets the requirements of Part C of the IDEA.”   That may not sound like a lot but it means a great deal. The only way we could continue to meet all of the requirements of Part C of IDEA year after year is through your efforts ensuring that families have timely initial IFSP meetings, new services, and transition conferences.  This is in addition to all the … Continue reading


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    Are you interested in starting a Local Interagency Coordinating Council in your community?

    June 26, 2014

    The Birth to Three System is interested in funding new community Local Interagency Coordinating Councils (LICC). Currently LICC’s exist in Danbury, Torrington and Lower Fairfield area. Connecticut’s LICCs are independent advisory bodies; therefore their internal structure is as individualized as the LICC itself. LICCs are required by statute to meet at least four times per year.  Most LICCs meet more often or hold additional events on interesting topics each year.  Most LICCs, however, have one, two, or three identified chairs or officers to enhance group direction, facilitate the LICC planning and implementation of activities, and ensure completion  of the necessary … Continue reading


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    Act Early Webinar

    June 13, 2014

    Learn the Signs. Act Early. Improving Early Identification for Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities Friday, June 27 1 EDT,  12 CDT,  11 MDT,  10 PDT  You are invited to participate in this ECTA Center webinar which will feature the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign.  You will learn about the program components, tools, and resources. And you will learn how these tools and resources have been used in coordinated, cross sector developmental monitoring, screening and Child Find to improve early identification for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  LTSAE Factsheet Presenters: Camille Smith, CDC  – “Learn the … Continue reading


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    E-signatures are Okay to release child record to SSA

    May 19, 2014

    The Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) secure online application and electronic medical record system use electronic signatures to indicate Parent/Guardian consent to release personal information about their child.  If you are wondering if this electronic signature is acceptable to release the child’s Birth to Three records, the answer is YES. Medical Examiners rely on Birth to Three evaluations as part of their determination of eligibility for cash benefits. When you receive a request for records about a child currently or previously on your roster that includes a “typed” name of parent or guardian, please provide the requested information at your earliest convenience … Continue reading


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    Oops…

    May 13, 2014

    You may have seen an empty email around noon on May 13th.  We are working with Mail Chimp to get blog posts sent to your inbox but something went wrong. When in doubt, it is probably a good practice to add this blog to your RSS feeds in Outlook or another feed service, or just check the blog tab at Birth23.org once a week.


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    BESB Resource List

    May 13, 2014

    The Department of Rehabilitation Services-Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind has compiled a list of Funding Opportunities/ Benefits for Children with Disabilities and their Families. Areas include: Government Benefits, Chronic Disabilities/ Disability Specific Funds, Town/Regional Specific Funds, Adaptive Equipment & Assistive Technology Devices, and Wish Granting Organizations.  If you would like to receive the full list with complete details, contact Gail Feld at Gail.Feld@CT.gov or at 860.602.4232.


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    Family Survey Clarification

    May 13, 2014

    Each March we give batches of pre-printed family surveys to programs to pass on to specific families.  The families who get the surveys are those who have had more than six months of visits on Feb 1st each year. If you have a family who you think should have received a survey and didn’t, first please check that their first visit was before 8/1/13.  If it was, please contact Anna.Hollister@CT.gov.   If it wasn’t, please do not give the family a blank survey as they need a number to complete the survey online. In addition, regardless of how the survey is completed, their results … Continue reading


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    Speech Sound Disorder

    April 21, 2014

    REMINDER: A new diagnosed condition, Speech Sound Disorder, was added July 1, 2013.  Please refer to  Service Guideline #3: Children Referred For Speech Delays for more information.


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    Birth to Three Trainings

    April 21, 2014

    Don’t forget to check the Birth to Three Calendar for upcoming trainings: May 29th – Battelle Developmental Inventory 2 June 3 & 4 – DECA-I/T Both trainings are open to Early Intervention  professionals from all disciplines who are able to perform evaluations and assessments in the 0-3 system.   Birth to Three Calendar


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    ICD Coding

    April 1, 2014

    As providers recently heard at three regional meetings, there were changes to our procedures pending that were related to the changes in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD) coding scheduled for October 1, 2014.  These changes, that impact Medicaid and Commercial Insurance billing, were to take effect April 1st so we would have six months to prepare. Yesterday, March 31st , HR4302 was passed out of the Senate and includes this verbiage: SEC. 212. DELAY IN TRANSITION FROM ICD-9 TO ICD-10 CODE SETS. The Secretary of Health and Human Services may not, prior to October 1, 2015, adopt ICD-10 code sets as … Continue reading


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    ECO-Maps

    April 1, 2014

    Last month Sherri O’Neal from CPAC’s Family Connections and Aileen McKenna, Birth to Three Family Liaison, recorded an eco-map demonstration to be shown at service coordination training. For training purposes this 13 minute video is slightly longer than a typical eco-map. Most take around ten minutes to complete but the wealth of information gathered in that short time is well worth the extra minutes of effort. The video has been posted on the Birth to Three System’s YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/CTBirth23  in a playlist just below the welcome videos or you can click this link to go directly to it.


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    CPAC is recruiting volunteers!

    February 26, 2014

    CPAC is looking for our best and brightest former Birth to Three families! We all remember those families whose Birth to Three experience was so positive that they left us wanting to give something back both to the system and the families that came after them. Now is their opportunity. CPAC is recruiting volunteer mentor parents to serve as telephone and email support to current Birth to Three families in their new Family Connections program. Families will be matched by geographic area and child disability. Mentor parents will receive training and ongoing support from CPAC staff. This is a great … Continue reading


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    Welcome to the Birth to Three Blog!

    January 2, 2014

    We hope you like this new communication tool. There are a number of ways to view these posts. You can check this site anytime for updates or to search for a topic. Use a feed reader site like Digg, Feedly, AOL Reader, etc. You can use your own RSS feed to email service like blogtrottr.com or feedmyinbox.com Set up an RSS feed in Outlook by clicking File > Account Settings > RSS Feeds and New.  The feed is at http://blog.birth23.org/feed/  > Click Add You may also chose to add this to you favorites under the feed tab in your browser. … Continue reading


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