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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 […]

Especially for…Early Intervention Providers

Links updated | April 2, 2020 Here you will find information to support your work in helping infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth to three, achieve their full potential. All about Part C of IDEA Early intervention programs and contacts, by state How IDEA describes early intervention Basics of early intervention (training module) | 2011 […]

Autism Navigator

Autism Navigator is a unique collection of web-based tools and courses that integrate the most current research in autism with an interactive web platform and lots of video footage showing effective evidence-based practices. It’s intended for professionals as well as families. Families can start with the short video About Autism in Toddlers (you have to […]

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 […]

The Science of Motivation and Its Implications

What’s the best way to motivate children? The motivation to learn about the world around us begins in infancy. This motivation can either be encouraged or suppressed by the experiences adults provide for children. Psychological research points to a set of promising approaches that parents and practitioners can use to promote positive motivation and learning during development.

The Center on the Developing Child offers several resources on the science of motivation that parents, schools, and policy makers will find both interesting and useful. You may want to start with Five Facts About Motivation That Are Often Misunderstood, then move on to How to Motivate Children: Science-Based Approaches for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers. There’s even an interactive graphic that will show you the brain regions involved in motivation and how they work together.

Access these (and additional) resources here.

Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Development | Tutorial

The National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL) has developed an online tutorial for families who want to learn more about supporting their child’s literacy development at home. The tutorial provides evidence-based strategies, tips, and activities to help children develop literacy skills from preschool through adolescence, all in an interactive online experience that includes short video clips illustrating the suggestions given, so that parents can see how strategies look and sound in action. There’s also a transcript of the module, and an audio recording in MP4 format.

Want to know more? Connect with the module and its materials here.

Comprehensive Center Network Website and Information Portal

(2018, July) | Useful to: All education stakeholders searching for information about activities and publications of the Comprehensive Center network. Newly launched! The Department of Education has launched a new website for the Comprehensive Center Network (CC Network). The site compiles more than 700 resources developed by 23 regional and content-focused centers, and more than […]

Measuring What Matters | Medición de lo importante

(2018, July) | Useful to Parent Centers and early childhood programs tracking family progress toward expected outcomes. Using data to track family and program progress is an essential part of strengthening parent, family, and community engagement (PFCE). Tthis three-part webinar series from the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) describes how programs […]

Child Outcomes Summary Process Module | Collecting and Using Data to Improve Programs

Useful to Parent Centers in learning about or informing families about the Child Outcomes Summary process used by early intervention and early childhood special education staff. This online learning module from ECTA Center and DaSy provides key information about the child outcomes summary (COS) process and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. […]

Parent Participation in Early Intervention

Updated, December 2017 Families, most particularly parents, are vital participants in early intervention. Your contributions are invaluable: at the individual level where you are intimately involved in determining the services that your own child will receive; and at an organizational level determining policies and scope for EI programs. The resources below have been identified because […]

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