Category: Training

Congratulations to Teams Finishing TA with Rush & Shelden!

December 1, 2016

An additional 9 teams and 3 Master Coach groups are finishing up TA with national experts, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden.  According to these experts, Connecticut teams have been well prepared through TA from the state and programs, and are reaching fidelity with these practices at a swift pace.  That doesn’t mean it has been easy!  As one Early Interventionist put it: “This process has been a difficult but rewarding challenge for this 23 year Veteran!!  I just got back from ASHA convention and I am happy to report that there were many sessions offered on the idea of “coaching” … Continue reading

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Fragile X Conference SOON

October 11, 2016

Targeting Social Skills and Behavioral Strategies for School, Work and Fun Saturday, November 12, 2016 8:00 am – 5:00 pm University of Connecticut Health Center Farmington, Connecticut Featuring Internationally Renowned Fragile X and Autism Spectrum Disorder Experts Jennifer Epstein, PsyD Licensed Clinical Psychologist Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD Yale Child Study Jonathan Picker, MBChB, PhD Boston Children’s Hospital $60 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch and a conference binder. CEU credit & Attendance Certificate available on request. Online Registration or    and search for “Fragile X” Register by October 29, 2016 In lieu of Online Registration, pay by Check, made payable to “NFXF” … Continue reading

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September 13, 2016

Shout Out to Theracare!  50 of their program’s staff have already completed the online training module on the IFSP!    Way to Go!!! Take advantage of this online training on the IFSP at your convenience (30 minutes in length) and receive a certificate of completion when you are done!

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Rave Reviews for the Provider Support Team and Birth to Three Providers!

September 8, 2016

  National experts, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden, have applauded the strides Connecticut has made in increasing knowledge and implementation of best practice in Early Intervention. Rush and Shelden have been providing annual training and technical assistance to support Connecticut’s Activity-based teaming practices. The Birth to Three Provider Support Team has been providing training and technical assistance to enhance their work.  Some of Dathan and M’Lisa’s comments on what they are seeing: “It’s clear that you have been doing A LOT of work to move practices forward in CT” “It’s the first time EVER on the first call that all … Continue reading

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Birth to Three Professional Development – New!

August 30, 2016

Assistive Technology: An IDEA Part C Service will be presented by CT. Birth to Three and NEAT Marketplace on October 26, 2016.  The training will include a morning session covering AT  regulations, procedures,  and NEAT supports; and an afternoon session on low tech to high tech communication supports.  Register for either or both sessions through the Birth to Three Calendar. Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices.  If  you did not attend last year, take advantage of the knowledge and support for working with families that you will gain in this one day training: an essential training for all individuals working … Continue reading

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) resources from U.S.HHS

August 15, 2016

Opioid abuse is increasing nationally with a correlated increase in prenatal opioid exposures and more infants born with the resulting developmental impact. Families of infants diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) are automatically eligible for CT early intervention if referred within the first three months of life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides resources that you may find helpful as you work with families affected by Opioid Use Disorder (OUD): One such resource is a video posted by the Texas Dept. of State Health Services that offers several approaches you may want to share with parents … Continue reading

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Back by Popular Demand!

July 20, 2016

Two additional trainings on “Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices” have been added to the Birth to Three Calendar.  Dates are September 14th in Trumbull and November 16th in Hartford.  This is a critical training for all interventionists in the Birth to Three system.   Focus will be on developing increased competence in using a family’s everyday activities, and all the learning opportunities present within those activities, to help families promote their child’s development.  Sign up soon as trainings fill up fast!

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Better Hearing and Speech Month webinars

May 9, 2016

“Communication Takes Care”  Join us for the  Coffee Break Webinar series, May 16-20, 2016 from 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET to learn more about hearing screening and the use of assistive technology to support young children with disabilities and their families.  No registration is required to join the webinars.  May 16, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Debunking Common Myths about Using Assistive Technology with Young Children Captioning Services:   May 17, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Don’t Wait to Communicate! Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Captioning Services:   May 18, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Quality … Continue reading

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Training for All Program Directors – May 2nd

April 1, 2016

As part of our intensive trainings regarding Birth to Three practices, we have a day with Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden specifically for Program Directors or high level supervisors.   The morning (9-12) will provide an overview of the research, rationale, and process for using evidence-based practices in early childhood intervention. The focus will be on the three practice areas of natural learning environment practices; coaching as an evidence-based strategy for interacting with parents and team members; and characteristic and use of a primary service provider approach to teaming. The afternoon ( 1-4 ) will focus on Implementation: Leadership Tools for Supporting Fidelity … Continue reading

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Sign-up for Natural Learning Environments Training!

March 2, 2016

Due to high demand, the Provider Support team has added two more natural learning environments trainings: March 16th in Hartford and April 13th in Hamden.  We have room in both trainings – sign up soon – March 16th is right around the corner.  Feedback from your colleagues has been very positive indicating that the training changed their thinking about Early Intervention and their role with families and children – for the better.  Hope to see you there!

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CT. DEC Open Meeting Discussing the New DEC Recommended Practices

February 18, 2016

CT DEC is excited to announce the upcoming event that is open to all interested members of the ECE community. ece 2016 Special Educators with a Purpose : Keynote speaker, Mary Beth Bruder from UCONN Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  “Building our Capacity for Evidence Based Practice: Our Responsibility to Those We Teach” and Discussion of the new DEC Recommended Practices.  All attendees will receive a copy of the DEC Recommended Practice.  March 22nd, 6-9 p.m. in the Community Room, Goodwin College.  Please RSVP to    

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EASTCONN Hosting 3rd Annual Infant/Toddler Conference: Let’s Talk

February 9, 2016

This Conference on March 11th,  will place an emphasis on development of language skills for children 0-3, including supporting language with quality children’s books. Supporting Dual Language Learners will be an integral component to this professional learning, as well as supporting children to understand language and use language for social interaction. See Birth to Three Calendar for more information.  

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Have you joined your colleagues at Birth to Three’s Natural Learning Environment training yet?

February 5, 2016

  The Provider Support Team has been busy offering trainings around the state on “Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices”.  The trainings have been filling so fast that we will be adding two additional trainings in March and April.  Be on the lookout for postings on the Birth to Three Calendar!

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Autism webinar Jan 27 – Dr. Fred Volkmar

January 11, 2016

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is hosting a webinar entitled, Autism: Research, Diagnosis and Intervention Panelists include: Dr. Fred Volkmar, Yale Child Study Center; Dr. Ada Fenick, Yale-New Haven Hospital; Attorney Jay Sicklick, Center for Children’s Advocacy; Sarah Reid, Parent; Connecticut Dept. of Developmental Services / Behavioral Health Partnership Dr. Volkmar is primary author of the American Psychiatric Association DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders section.  He has authored hundreds of papers and books including: A Practical Guide to Autism (Wiley Press) Asperger’s Syndrome (Guilford Press) Health Care for Children on Autism Spectrum (Woodbine) Handbook of Autism (Wiley Publishing) For more information,visit: … Continue reading

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Natural Learning Environments Training: January 12th

December 11, 2015

As many of you know the Natural Learning Environments trainings have been filling up as soon as we put them on the calendar.  That’s great!  We do still have some room in the NLE training on January 12th ( snow date January 26th) at Education Connections in Litchfield.  Don’t worry about the snow….it’s a beautiful drive any time of the year!!  See you there.

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Five New Videos from Iowa via Florida

December 7, 2015

When other states develop and share resources, we like to pass them along in case you aren’t part of one of the many email lists out there.  We all know that coaching  isn’t a “model” which means there isn’t yet a strong theoretical foundation and a body of empirical research that supports the practices.  Many states refer to it as coaching methods or coaching strategies or coaching practices  so when you watch the first video and the interventionist uses “model” just know that she knows it’s not a model yet. (“It’s a model in development!” – Juliann Woods) Larry Edelman developed these videos … Continue reading

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2016 Partners in Policymaking – call for applications

November 18, 2015

The CT Council on Developmental Disabilities is offering enrollment in the 2016 Partners in Policymaking – a self-advocacy leadership training program for parents and individuals with disabilities The goal of Partners in Policymaking is to foster a collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, and policy makers at national, state and local levels, and consists of seven weekend training sessions with nationally recognized speakers and state experts on disability issues. For more information, contact: ph. 860-418-6157  or Donna Devin  ph. 860-418-8737    

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Motor Training December 4th

November 17, 2015

“Babies Have Lots to Learn: Emphasis On Motor Skill in the First Year” is only a few weeks away! Sign up soon.  The objectives of training include identification of key points of typical motor development in the first year of life; emphasis on recognizing the “quality” of motor skill performance; appreciation of the effect of repetition and functional activities on the development of motor skills; and identification of “red flags” that would warrant further consultation for motor skills.  Will be presented by Linda Bamonte PT, DPT (Birth to Three Provider Support) and Cindy Jackson, MSPT, C.NDT (Children’s Therapy Services).

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Deadline for UCONN Early Intervention Course & Stipend November 19th!

November 17, 2015

The University of Connecticut, Mary Beth Bruder, is offering a course including a series of 3 modules on early intervention. Many of our providers have taken a similar course with her in the past and stated that they learned so much and were astounded by their change in practice.  The course will allow for graduate for credit and a stipend, as well as attainment of the CT. Birth to Three Early Intervention Specialist Credential after successful completion of  the 3 modules.   Please contact Gabriela Freyre-Calish, MSW at 860-679-1563 or   The deadline for application is Thursday, November 19, 2015.

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Webinar – Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial Issues in Children with Congenital Heart Defects: Expected Not Accepted

November 4, 2015

In collaboration with the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the AAP Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children (PEHDIC) is developing several webinars with the aim of educating pediatricians and child health providers about birth defects and modifiable risk factors.  The first webinar, entitled “Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial Issues in Children with Congenital Heart Defects: Expected Not Accepted,” will take place Thursday, November 12th at 2pm CT.  There is no charge to attend; however prior registration is required. <>.  

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