The birth of a child is an exciting, life-changing event. A beautiful new baby comes to your house, family, and neighborhood. It is a time for celebration. But what happens when this new child has a disability? What if there are health problems? What if, as time goes by, it seems as if the child isn’t learning and progressing as quickly or easily as other children? What do you do?
Early intervention services are to be provided in natural environments to the maximum extent appropriate for the child and for the EI service itself. So–what’s considered a “natural environment”? What isn’t? This webpage focuses upon answering these questions and on connecting you with resources of additional information and best practice.
The National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals of I/DD has been working to develop systems of support for families throughout the lifespan of their family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Especially for individuals, families, and professionals are the Charting the LifeCourse materials, which include a LifeCourse toolkit in English and Spanish. The framework for Charting the LifeCourse was created BY FAMILIES to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.
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.
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.
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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 […]
A resource collection compiled by and for Parent Centers. Coordinated by the Region 2 Parent Technical Assistance Center @ ECAC September 2018 The contents of this page will help Parent Centers, families, and others build their knowledge base and understanding of what trauma is, what kinds of trauma there are, and how it affects children in […]
A resource collection compiled by and for Parent Centers. Coordinated by the Region 2 Parent Technical Assistance Center @ ECAC September 2018 Trauma affects people differently, and there are different kinds of trauma as well. This web page identifies resources that focus on the impact of trauma on: (a) children and youth with disabilities such […]