CPAC event April 22 @ 5:30 pm: Update from the Bureau of Special Education
April 20, 2021
Join Bryan Klimkiewicz, Special Education Division Director, and CPAC staff as we discuss COVID-19 and special education – where are we now and what can we expect for children receiving special education services? Register here!
New Webinar offered by Zero to Three!
February 4, 2021
Supporting Young Children and Families Using Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:00-3:15 PM ET Live version is free for members Event link is available for 30 days for non-members Register Now The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging due to restrictions on in-person work and the need to use telehealth. While clinicians and other providers have faced some barriers, they have also learned about unexpected advantages. This webinar will describe the approaches taken to deliver mental health services to young children and families and the lessons learned by four different programs during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Zero … Continue reading
If you don’t know about Charting the LifeCourse, now is a great time!
December 16, 2020
Building a great life starts early. If you get the CSDE Bureau Bulletin you will have seen that the Bureau of Special Education, in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, is offering several FREE, virtual sessions of Person-Centered Planning: LifeCourse Planning Tools. As you know Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, is a tool to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life. Participants in this session will understand the importance of person-centered/futures planning, become familiar with the LifeCourse tools, and how to use them to support the development of the … Continue reading
Have you seen the Remote EI Videos?!
May 5, 2020
Here is the link to ECTA’s “Provider Use of Technology” webpage: https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/ti-service.asp When you scroll down you’ll see a series of video’s by Larry Edelman including these three. A Home Visit with Ares’ Family. Ohio speech-language pathologist Lindsay Miketa delivers an early intervention home visit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video illustrates the experience of a family new to early intervention that has only received home visits via video conferencing. The story is accompanied by insightful observations offered by Lindsay and Ares’ parents, Jacqueline and Daniel. A Home Visit with Sam’s Family. This video illustrates an early intervention home visit … Continue reading
NEAT Newsletter – July 2019 Edition
July 25, 2019
The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) July 2019 Edition is now available online. To learn about any new products & events, and to subscribe to the Newsletter, please visit the following link: https://mailchi.mp/oakhillct/neat-newsletter-617815?e=d9c9a9ec9a
Prenatal Exposure to Substances
June 4, 2019
In partnership with ITCA, ECTA has posted a new webpage on Young Children who are Exposed Prenatally to Substances and their Families: http://ectacenter.org/topics/earlyid/prenatalsubstances.asp This page includes Federal laws, research, and resources on policy/guidance and state examples. This page will also provide a link to the updated webpage Child Maltreatment: Referral Requirements under CAPTA and IDEA and Resources: http://ectacenter.org/topics/earlyid/capta.asp
Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers
December 13, 2018
New newsletter is out! Information and resources included on the following topics: The Importance of Faces for Infants’ Learning; New Guidance on Low Birth Weight, Prematurity, and Early Intervention; Does Research Support a Link Between Smart Phone Use and Behavior?; What Do Babies Learn By Pointing; I Said I Want the Red Bowl! Responding to Toddlers’ Behavior. Access newsletter here.
Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work with Infants and Toddlers
November 15, 2018
Baby Talk is a free monthly newsletter with links to research and tools to support working with families of infants and toddlers. This month’s newsletter covered topics such as: The Importance of Faces for Infants’ Learning; New Guidance on Low Birth Weight, Prematurity, and Early Intervention; What Do Babies Learn by Pointing? Each issue features high quality, readily available, and free resources. Some resources are available in English and Spanish. To join the listserv, send an email with no message to mailto:email@example.com
Five New Developmental Tools for Early Learning
November 13, 2018
Access some new tools on inclusion in childcare, developmental milestones (English and Spanish, teaching language and literacy to very young children. Newsletter
Part C Dispute Resolution Guides
September 17, 2018
Here is a new resource from CADRE for Part C! https://www.cadreworks.org/events/introducing-part-c-dispute-resolution-family-guides From here you can watch the webinar that was held September 10th or download the slide deck or visit this page to download the guides: https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/idea-early-intervention-family-guides/
Words Count-Free Literacy program for families in Greater Hartford
July 10, 2018
Words Count is a short-term, parent-directed, play based program that builds creativity and caregiver-child bonds. The program is based on research showing that the number of words a child hears by age 3 can have a significant impact on his or her future academic success. Research that tells us that by age three, children growing up in poor neighborhoods or from lower-income families may hear up to 30 million fewer words than their more privileged counterparts. During in-home and community-based coaching sessions with a literacy specialist, parents and caregivers are helped to increase their children’s vocabulary and enhance their conversational abilities. … Continue reading
READY TO ROLL — THINK BABIES
May 7, 2018
It’s time to Think Babies and make the potential of every baby a national priority! Early experiences shape how a baby’s brain develops, laying the foundation for future learning, behavior, health and success throughout life. On May 8, children and families from all 50 states and D.C. will descend on the nation’s capital for the second annual Strolling Thunder. They will meet their Members of Congress to share what babies and families need to thrive: Three Ways to Join Us: Meet us at the Capitol for Strolling Thunder on Tuesday, May 8th. Join the rally on Facebook Live. Tell Congress to #ThinkBabiesAndAct For … Continue reading
Supporting Evidence-Based Practices in Autism
April 27, 2018
In support of the National Autism Awareness month, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) shares a blog post from Sam Odom of the FPG Child Development Institute (April 2018) that gives examples of available national and global research focused on evidence-based practices and autism. Practitioners, researchers, and caregivers working with children with autism will find valuable information in the linked resources (examples below): Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM), The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, The National Clearinghouse on Autism Research and Practice
CT Early Childhood Alliance Data Tool
December 12, 2017
If you don’t receive the EC Alliance emails, this tool was just posted and is a great way to look up data about infants and toddlers by town as compared to the state as a whole. Where are your babies? http://www.earlychildhoodalliance.com/infants_and_toddlers
New Communication Resources for Birth to Three Providers
August 17, 2017
Support for Using Naturalistic Interventions in Autism
December 15, 2016
This open access article “Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions: Empirically Validated Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder” discusses support and evidence for use of naturalistic interventions, generalization to everyday activities, and parent involvement when working with families who have children on the autism spectrum.
CDI – access to supports
November 3, 2016
Child Development Infoline is a key Birth to Three partner, but also connects people with a much wider array of supports. The United Way, together with the Office of Early Childhood, the Departments of Education and Public Health, has issued an updated reference guide available here. For more information about CDI, or to access their supports go to cdi.211ct.org .
NEAT Marketplace Birth to Three Inventory
August 16, 2016
The NEAT Marketplace inventory for Birth to Three has been recently updated. If you are considering Assistive Technology for a child, make sure to have a consult with a team member from the discipline related to the child’s need, to assess what type of AT might benefit the child. Also, please ensure all borrowed equipment is returned to NEAT so it can go back into inventory! We are a bit low on adaptive seating at the moment. Please check around!!
Can Facetime video chat with Grandma or Grandpa support development?
August 16, 2016
New research sheds light on the value of Facetime as meaningful interaction versus just more “screen” time.
Best Practice Resources for you!
July 27, 2016
Have you checked out the resources, tools and research at your fingertips regarding best practices in Birth To Three? Find everything you need on the CT. Birth to Three Website. And don’t forget to sign up for the weekly email updates for our BLOG – and easy way to keep up to date!