Category: Families

Parent-Led Intervention Improves Outcomes for Toddlers With Autism

March 2, 2015

A recent research study reports that toddlers with autism have demonstrated significant improvement after intensive intervention by parents rather than clinicians. Parent-led intense intervention during everyday activities resulted in significant improvements in several areas for children diagnosed with Autism.  Parent-Implemented Social Intervention for Toddlers With Autism: An RCT Additional research found that that parent-led  intervention may lower the risk for toddlers that are at high risk for autism.  

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Another Great Video!

February 17, 2015

If you haven’t bookmarked the Desired Results video library yet, now is a good time.  Be sure to let families know about this resource as well. Team Lydia Rose: Supporting Inclusion Every Day in Every Way (16:18) This video illustrates how inclusive practices should begin as early as possible. In the first part, Janelle describes her two year old daughter’s birth, early weeks in the NICU, and her stroke at four months old. In the second part, Janelle is joined by Lydia Rose’s child development center teacher and her early interventionist as they discuss and illustrate a range of topics … Continue reading

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Reflective Supervision Groups Forming Soon

February 17, 2015

Aileen McKenna is meeting with Margaret Holmberg and Heidi Maderia from CT Association of Infant Mental Health to discuss starting up several new reflective supervision groups for Birth to Three providers. If you are interested or want more information please contact Aileen McKenna at or 860-418-6136.

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FY14 Annual Data Report is available online

February 2, 2015

“Learning From Each Other” is the FY14 annual data report to the Governor and General Assembly about the activities of the CT Birth to Three System.  Explore data, read about the joys and challenges shared by families and providers, and learn how Birth to Three supports and collaboration with community partners made a positive difference for almost 10,000 families last year! Here is a direct link and all of the reports can be found by visiting and clicking About Birth to Three > Annual Data Reports.  

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IYC Article about Using Signs from ISEI

January 20, 2015

The following is from an email  to members the International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI).  Anyone can join for free and get these emails by signing up at their website listed below. ========================================== The journal Infants & Young Children (IYC) is published in conjunction with the ISEI.  As part of this relationship, the publisher of IYC has made available on the ISEI website ( an article from each issue of IYC for our members.  The article for this issue of IYC is: Using Signs to Facilitate Vocabulary in Children With Language Delays Susan Hendler Lederer, Ph.D., CCC/SLP and  Dana Battaglia, … Continue reading

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The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities Announces the availability of funds through the Consumer Involvement Fund.

January 13, 2015

The Consumer Involvement Fund  (CIF) is a program that provides partial funding for individuals with developmental disabilities or their family members in Connecticut to participate in professional or informational conferences, legislative advocacy skills training events, public forums, focus groups, hearings and other similar activities. The intent of the CIF is to promote consumer involvement in activities that enhance independence, productivity and community inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. For more information contact  Molly Cole, Director CT Council on Developmental Disabilities, 460 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT  06106, 860-418-6157, 800-653-1134, Please share this with others in Connecticut.  

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The SSIP is taking shape

January 6, 2015

What is the SSIP?  The State Systemic Improvement Plan is the newest indicator in the State Performance Plan required by section 616 of the IDEA.  This indicator is pretty comprehensive and involves all of the lead agency teams within Birth to Three; Family and Community Support, Provider Support, Fiscal Support, and Systems Support. A webpage dedicated to the three phase SSIP (we’re only in Phase 1) is updated after each meeting.  The last meeting was held on December 8th and the next will be February 23rd by when we hope to have a draft ready for review by the public.   Check out … Continue reading

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Unexpected Lives

December 15, 2014

If you haven’t already seen these family stories, you might enjoy them and want to pass the link along. You should see large animated black text and then photos and then the stories. If your browser doesn’t play along, just try scrolling down to see all five stories.

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FY14 Town By Town Referrals and Children Served

November 17, 2014

Get the details for each town in Connecticut on: how many babies were born in 2013, how many referrals were made for a Birth to Three evaluation how many children were served by the CT Birth to Three System Check out your own town or the towns you serve by clicking here: Look for trend data by checking earlier fiscal year reports posted under About Birth to Three on the menu to the left , then select Annual Data Reports. For non-PDF versions of this data please contact

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Leadership in a Diverse Society

October 21, 2014

Leadership in a Diverse Society with Birth to Three providers. The event will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014 in Wilde Auditorium at the University of Hartford. There is no charge; however, registration is required. To register: Web: Email: Phone: 860.768.5590

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Give Yourself 15 Minutes

September 8, 2014

This video is worth every one! Rosemary Taylor-Stein, of the HOPE Infant Family Support Program, San Diego County Office of Education, and Karis and Mike Johnson tell about Harper Hope and the role of early intervention. Family members and practitioners alike will enjoy and benefit from this story so please share this. Harper Hope: A Parent’s View of the Power of Early Intervention (runtime 15:03) This is an important video for families who are, or will be, receiving early intervention services as well as for current and future early intervention practitioners. In Part 1, Karis and Mike share intimate reflections … Continue reading

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Childcare Funds available for Children in Shelters

August 21, 2014

The Children in Shelters Childcare Assistance Fund supports homeless families with childcare costs. Thanks to the CT Coalition to End Homelessness and generous support from the U.S. Department of Housing, this fund is continuing to accept new applications. Children in Shelters is open to families living in emergency shelters (including domestic violence shelters) or enrolled in the CT Rapid Rehousing Program.  It may pay for childcare fees at a licensed facility or licensed individual provider for a child under the age of 6 and their eligible siblings, as well as transportation needs, such as bus passes or gas cards. Children in Shelter provides up … Continue reading

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Family Cost Participation Form

July 1, 2014

Happy July 1!! Today is the first day of using the new family cost participation form with all new families. We are also hoping that you will gradually have all of your families fill out this new form, particularly those families that have many months before their annual.  The two links below will take you to learning modules that we have prepared especially for providers to walk you through the process of filling out the new form. Filling Out the Family Cost Participation Form Talking to Families about Money We are working on a video to explain our form to … 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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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 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   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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CDC Webinar about Autism 4/22 at 1 p.m.

April 8, 2014

The CDC is pleased to announce their first ever Public Health Grand Rounds on autism spectrum disorder.  April 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., EST “Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Numbers to Know-How.”  This event features presentations on autism etiology, surveillance, early identification and screening, and evidence-based intervention. For more information and to view the event click the link below. Once there, scroll down towards the bottom to find the “Broadband Connection” and “Slower Connection” links.

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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  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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