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HOT OFF THE PRESS: Darby’s Legacy


10888827099?profile=RESIZE_180x180 The Department of Developmental Services has recently approved the digital publication of Darby’s Legacy: Best Practices When Serving Families with Infants and Toddlers Who Are Medically Fragile. This document, endorsed by the California Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention, is now available here on the Neighborhood, and…

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Does AAC Really Work with Infants and Toddlers?


This week’s post was inspired by a blog by speech-language pathology professors Carole Zangari and Robin Parker, called “PrAACtical AAC.” (Their blog is a great find, too, if you’re interested in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).)

The post we are featuring is from 2014, and it’s entitled, “Does AAC…

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No parent or caregiver wants to hear their child is being aggressive. However, aggressive behavior is a natural part of healthy human development. In this week’s article from Zero to Three, parents are given examples of what to expect during different stages of development and what strategies might be helpful in the future.   

Knowing what to expect and then adjusting one’s actions can be valuable in producing a…

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baby clapping with caregiver This resource is quite the find! It’s chock full of great ideas to share with families about ways to “encourage infants to focus attention, use working memory, and practice basic self-control skills”—core components in the development of executive function and self-regulation. The suggestions the authors provide range from lap, hiding, and copying games…

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The folks at Very Well Family, a trusted pregnancy and parenting advice site, published  a highly informative and medically reviewed article in 2020, on How to Survive (and Thrive) When You’re Sleep Deprived. The posting includes an explanation of what to expect when baby arrives, statistics on parental sleep deprivation, how sleep deprivation affects our health, and tips…

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"The Story of Max"

Watch the brand new animated short, entitled "The Story of Max," to learn how families get involved with California Early Start. The video is available for viewing, downloading, and embedding in both English and Spanish!

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