Individualizing interventions: A toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help mental health consultants guide teachers, teams, and families in developing and implementing an individualized plan of support that reduces challenging behavior in young children and promotes communication and social skills. From the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. http://www.ecmhc.org/facilitating_toolkit.html … [Read more...]

Video | Child outcomes, step by step

This video describes and illustrates the three child outcomes adopted by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and reported on by all state early intervention (Part C) and preschool special education (Part B/619) programs as part of their Annual Performance Report (APR). The video explains functioning necessary for each child to be an active and successful participant at home, in the community, and in other places like a child care program … [Read more...]

Autism training: A developmental-behavioral pediatrics curriculum

This training curriculum from the CDC, called Autism Case Training (ACT), is designed to help educate primary care practitioners about finding, diagnosing, and managing autism spectrum disorders. The training uses real-life scenarios and consists of 7 modules, each with a facilitator's guide and supporting presentation and videos. All course materials can be downloaded and used in the classroom or for independent study. Training module topics are: … [Read more...]

Tiered instruction (online module)

Tiered instruction is a means of teaching one concept while still meeting the different learning needs of children. This CONNECT module is designed to help learners understand the purpose, use, and potential benefits of tiered instruction, and to use it with young children in early care and education programs. (Posted June 12, 2012)http://community.fpg.unc.edu/node/218 … [Read more...]

On the use of sensory integration therapies

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement, Sensory Integration Therapies for Children With Developmental and Behavioral Disorders, in the June 2012 issue of Pediatrics. In the statement, the AAP recommends that pediatricians not use "sensory processing disorder" as an independent diagnosis and points out that sensory disorders may be characteristics of other developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder, attention … [Read more...]

Proven benefits of early childhood interventions

There is increasing recognition that the first few years of a child’s life are a particularly sensitive period in the process of development, laying a foundation in childhood and beyond for cognitive functioning; behavioral, social, and self-regulatory capacities; and physical health. Yet many children face various stressors during these years that can impair their healthy development. Early childhood intervention programs are designed to mitigate … [Read more...]

Supporting young children with challenging behavior| Training modules

Six Positive Beginnings training modules offer inservice and preservice educators materials to provide training to early interventionists, early educators, and related service professionals in the Positive Behavior Support process. Module titles are: (1) Social and Communication Development, (2) Determining the Meaning of Challenging Behavior, (3) Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, (4) Teaming to Build a Behavior Support Plan, (5) Interventions … [Read more...]

Module 8: The Transition Process and Lead Agency Notification to the LEA and SEA

February 2014 As toddlers receiving early intervention services approach their third birthday, it’s time to start planning ahead for when they (and their families) leave the Part C system and move on to either Part B services or other appropriate programs or services. This module and its companion, Module 9, together take a detailed look at what the Part C regulations require in terms of the transition planning and activities that must occur. Module … [Read more...]

Module 9: Development of the Transition Plan

February 2014 As toddlers receiving early intervention services approach their third birthday, it’s time to start planning ahead for when they (and their families) leave the Part C system and move on to either Part B services or other appropriate programs or services. Module 9 focuses on the development of a transition plan for the exiting toddler with disabilities. Its companion, Module 8, provides an overview to the transition process. You … [Read more...]

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