Early intervention for children with complex communication needs

This website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and multiple disabilities. You'll find (1) step-by-step guidelines for early intervention to build language and communication skills, and (2) photographs and videotaped examples of intervention with young children with special needs. (posted March 4, 2013)http://aackids.psu.edu/index.php/page/show/id/1  … [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...]

Including infants and toddlers with disabilities | Training modules

SpecialQuest developed these training materials for individuals who work with infants and toddlers who have disabilities. Divided into 9 different sections, the modules include a video (available in English and Spanish), a facilitator's guide, and handouts for trainees. Sessions focus on developing a vision for inclusion, enhancing staff's confidence and comfort, making inclusion happen for families, and how to use specialized activities and accommodations … [Read more...]

Informed clinical opinion

This paper looks at the term "informed clinical opinion" and addresses its meaning in the context of Part C, its effect on the determination of eligibility and why its documentation is necessary. From the ECTA Center. (posted April 29, 2013)http://www.ectacenter.org/~pdfs/pubs/nnotes28.pdf … [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...]

NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.