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Hearing and Speech Resources

Each May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) highlights Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) to raise awareness about communication disorders. Lack of awareness has been seen as the #1 barrier to early detection of communication disorders. Research has shown that early detection is critical to addressing communication disorders. Delayed intervention can result in delayed development […]

Webinar | Early Childhood Suspensions: The Impact on Families

When a child is suspended from school, it not only impacts the child, but the entire family. Parents often feel isolated and ashamed. They may also feel defeated with nowhere to turn. Many parents worry about the impact of the suspension on the child’s future, losing their job to care for the child during the suspension period, their child being targeted, and their child’s ability develop and maintain positive relationships with teachers and peers. During this 52-minute webinar, parents share the impact of their child’s suspension(s) on the family.

Read more about this webinar and its companion webinar, both of which are part of the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations Let’s Talk series.

Practice Guides for Families

The ECTA Center offers a collection of Practice Improvement Tools to support early childhood specialists in using evidence-based practices with young children experiencing developmental delays or disabilities. This large set of tools includes Family Practice Guides that practitioners can share with families to illustrate recommended practices that can be used at home. There are more than 25 guides available, on topics ranging from parent involvement in their child’s assessment, learning activities for the child that parents can provide, and teaming with professionals.

Each of the guides is available in English and Spanish and comes with a brief video, a scenario, and changes to expect as a result of using the practices with a given child. Find out more about, and access, the Family Practice Guides here.

Milestones Photo and Video Library

Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (rolling over, for example, or crawling, standing, walking, talking). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintain a free online library of photos and videos that capture the milestones of development that young children might be expected to achieve at various ages–skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye.”

The photo library is part of CDC’s larger information suite Milestones in Action, which also includes fact sheets on developmental milestones and on developmental delay; a developmental checklist; the Milestone Tracker app; and more. Each resource is available in English and Spanish.

Interested? Read more about (and access) Milestones in Action here.

Early Intervention Directory (Birth-3)

Link updated, February 2020 The Military & Community Family Policy, Office of Special Needs’ Early Intervention Directory is organized to help you quickly obtain the information you need to make decisions for your child with special needs. The directory will enable you to: Identify and learn about the early intervention provider serving your new location […]

Developmental Milestones

Updated, March 2019 Esta página en Spanish | This page in Spanish   Childhood is a time of tremendous growth and learning. How very exciting to be a baby…or a two-year-old… or get on a school bus for the first time. There’s so much to know! We all come into the world like small waiting […]

Module 9: Development of the Transition Plan in Part C

  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 […]

Supporting Families of Young Children in Leadership Roles | Video Series

This video series from the ECTA Center highlights strategies, practices, and approaches for effectively preparing and supporting new, or emerging, family leaders to engage in systems-level advocacy and decision making. The videos are a series of conversations with family leaders. The 4 videos are a series of conversations with family leaders answering these 2 questions:

  • What may keep families from getting involved in leadership?
  • What can programs do to support families with taking on leadership roles?

Connect here with all 4 videos and many additional resources on family engagement.

Parent-to-Parent Support

Updated, October 2018 Originally written by Betsy Santelli En español _________________ Sandra and Bruce’s Story Sandra and Bruce had been married five years when their son Peter was born. He was a simply beautiful baby and changed their lives forever. It took awhile for Sandra and Bruce to realize that Peter wasn’t developing at the […]

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