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    Free Online Courses on Tele-Intervention

    March 18, 2020

    These three online courses from the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management discuss the provision of early intervention services via teleconferencing technology.


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    Training and Implementation of Tele-Intervention Sessions

    March 18, 2020

    This very informative website from the National Center for Hearing  Assessment and Management at Utah State University has considerable information that supports teleheath practices in Early Intervention.


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    Links to Telepractice Research and Information

    March 18, 2020

    Article on use of Early Start Denver Model during remote early intervention. Use of telehealth in early intervention (IDEA Part C) – Resources to consider during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Links to many different areas related to providing early intervention remotely. Telepractice in Speech-Language Therapy: Researchers and practitioners have found that telepractice is an effective means of increasing access to high-quality services that meet children’s unique needs and is a viable mechanism to deliver speech–language services for multiple purposes. This article offers a framework to facilitate the implementation of practices. Parent Perspectives of an Occupational Therapy Telehealth Intervention:  Occupational … Continue reading


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    WEBINAR: AUCD – Step Up Assistive Technology to Promote Early Literacy Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. ET

    March 16, 2020

    Step Up Assistive Technology to Promote Early Literacy Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET Webinar Description: Join Michelle Schladant, PhD, ATP for a discussion on the importance of assistive technology (AT) for early literacy development. Dr. Schladant will provide an overview of the use of AT in early childhood, the current best practices as well as where we are headed in the field. She will explain the current IDEA policies related to AT at the level of state programs and school districts and highlight the tools and resources available to families. Dr. Schladant will share about … Continue reading


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    Draft State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is Now Online!

    March 9, 2020

    This is a link to the draft of the State Systemic Improvement Plan SSIP report.   It is a very long document, best viewed online. The SSIP is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by April 1, 2020.  For more information about the SSIP, click here. If you have any questions or comments please email nicole.cossette@ct.gov no later than March 20, 2020.


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    Temperament: What It Is and Why It Matters

    March 4, 2020

    Children are born with their own ways of responding to the world. This is called temperament. Understanding a child’s temperament can help you choose strategies that nurture a child’s development. Visit this website to learn more about what temperament is and how to support young children of different temperaments. https://raisingchildren.net.au/babies/behaviour/understanding-behaviour/temperament


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    Training Resources from John Hopkins

    March 4, 2020

    The Making Access Happen website (Johns Hopkins School of Education) has an entire section of resources for Early Intervention including Authentic Assessment, Behavior Support, Coaching Support, Learning Modules.


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    Netflix Series “Babies” a Game Changer for Infant Mental Health Advocacy!

    March 2, 2020

    Full of exciting research, this series is sure to help us unlock the mysteries of infancy and Celebrate Babies! Docuseries: “Babies”


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    Draft Part C Application Available for Comment

    February 28, 2020

    Each year Connecticut submits an application to the US Department of Education (ED) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for about $4M in funding to support the administration of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Part C). Here is a link to the draft FFY20 Part C Application. Written comment on the draft application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020. Comments should be sent to the attention of Alice E. Ridgway, by mail at the Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Boulevard Suite #205, Hartford, CT, 06103-1835; by Fax 860-622-2789 or … Continue reading


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    NEAT Newsletter with opportunities for Birth to Three!

    February 26, 2020

    NEAT is offering a webinar for Birth to Three members: What’s In The Lending Library For Alternative Access? March 23, 2020  | 12pm-1pm See Newsletter for details and registration.


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    Building a Great Life Conference Registration Open!

    February 19, 2020

    Here is a link to the flyer about the BAGL Conference Registration.  Please share this with EIS providers and Families or forward this to them with the registration link below! A Conference for Self-Advocates, Family Members and Providers Tuesday, April 7, 2020 8:00am – 4:00pm Farmington Marriott Hotel,15 Farm Springs Road, Farmington CT Register for this conference at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-means-all-building-a-great-life-for-everyone-in-our-communities-tickets-94853753129 National and State Speakers Keynotes, Presentations, and Workshops on many topics. Limited to the first 350 registrants. There is no cost and lunch is included.


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    Research on Birth to Three Evidence-Based Practices

    February 15, 2020

    A link has been added to the website for research supporting why we so what we do!  The early intervention practices of Natural Learning Environments Practices, Coaching as an Interaction Style, and Primary Service Provider approach to teaming are supported in research.  Research on Best Practices in Early Intervention.


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    Childhood Conversations/Together We Will: April 3rd, 2020

    February 13, 2020

    Explore the Landscape of Equity and Bias through the Lens of Social-Emotional Learning National Speaker: Dr. Rosemarie Allen,  Associate Professor School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver More Information and Registration


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    FFY18 APR Is Now Online!

    February 10, 2020

    Every year the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood submits a report to the US Department of Education about how we are doing on compliance and results for Part C of the IDEA.  The final report is available here: https://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/gensup/apr/.


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    EI On The Fly Podcast

    February 5, 2020

    The work of early intervention (EI) is complex, challenging at times, and lots of fun. You meet different families, work in homes and other community settings, watch infants and toddlers grow and learn, and yes – spend a lot of time in your car. This podcast is designed so EI practitioners like you can easily listen between visits or on breaks during your busy day. Each episode focuses on an important topic that is discussed by two experienced EI professional development specialists.  This podcast is a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Early Intervention Training Center and … Continue reading


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    WEBINAR: Behavior Basics-Laying the Groundwork for Positive Change March 24, 2020 11:30am-12:30pm

    February 5, 2020

    Title: Behavior Basics: Laying the Groundwork for Positive Change Event Website: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/61143 Description: Professionals working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are likely to encounter challenging behavior. This webinar will provide a review of the ABCs of behavior (antecedent, behavior, consequence) as well as help professionals identify the function of behavior. Dr. Hardy will explain the ways in which multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) can be utilized to manage challenging behavior for all children, but especially children with disabilities or who have experienced trauma. The use of tally sheets, forms, and checklists to inform decisions that support positive behavior and sustain … Continue reading


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    AAP Guidance For Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

    January 21, 2020

    The American Academy of Pediatrics released a clinical report in January 2020 titled: Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Read more here.


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    The Arc Connecticut Presents: Life Advocacy – Who will advocate for my loved one with intellectual & developmental disabilities (I/DD) when I am no longer able? Various Dates & Locations Jan. 23 – Mar. 4, 2020

    January 16, 2020

    Life Advocacy Who will advocate for my loved one with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) when I am no longer able? In response to these concerns The Arc Connecticut has been working with a group of families to establish an organization that would assist people with I/DD with (1) independent ad-vocacy for services and supports; (2) benefits education and management; (3) quality oversight when parents, siblings and caregivers are no longer able to be part of an individual’s support group. These services would be paid for by family resources in the absence of waiver or other Medicaid fund-ing. At this … Continue reading


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    Draft SPP/APR is Now Online!

    January 9, 2020

    This is a link to the draft of the combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report.   It is a very long document, best viewed online.  As usual, Connecticut continues to do very well on both the compliance and results indicators. The APR is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 3, 2020.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP will be completed for an April 1, 2020 submission. If you have any questions or comments please email nicole.cossette@ct.gov no later than January 27, 2020.


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    Training Course-Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children Impact on the Movement System of Infants and Beyond April 3 & April 4, 2020

    January 3, 2020

    Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children Impact on the Movement System of Infants and Beyond Cindy Miles,  April 3-4, 2020 South Shore Hospital Weymouth, MA Download Brochure REGISTER This dynamic course provides participants with the knowledge to effectively assess and treat children with torticollis. Learn effective strategies including designing home exercise programs, infant positioning, manual techniques, and taping to understanding helmet criteria, head asymmetries, surgeries, and associated diagnosis. Click HERE to register or for complete course details including CEU information.


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