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On Tuesday August 21st, the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University is hosting a webinar for parents and professionals titled Childhood Hearing Loss: Intervention and Parent Choice. From the event description:

“This webinar will help participants understand more fully the diversity of the population of children who are hard-of-hearing or deaf, the systems that exist that contribute to the provision of early identification and early intervention, the various communication/educational intervention options for identified children and some of the opinions families are likely to encounter as they explore various options. Strategies will be discussed for how to honor and activate parents as the key decision-makers for their child and to ensure that their services are truly…

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Screen time is a frequent concern among parents and professionals alike, specifically how much screen time is too much and how early is too early? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has weighed in on the discussion with specific guidelines. In order to make those guidelines more accessible to parents, Dr. Christine Ly, school psychologist with Garden Grove Unified School District, developed a series of pamphlets. “Screen Time and Your Preschooler: Social-Emotional Development” is the specific piece we are focusing on today. In it, Ly cites the recommendations of the AAP, defines social-emotional development, and outlines its relationship with screen time. The pamphlet also includes Positive Parenting tips, organized by age, and a variety of resources to check out. We learned about these brochures through…

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August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!

In 2014, Prevent Blindness declared August Children's Eye Health and Safety Month to raise awareness about eye issues in early childhood and help parents and providers take the necessary steps to ensure healthy sight for children. We've rounded up a few resources on children's eye health and safety: 

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Early Start Personnel Manual

Quoting directly from the introduction to the Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM): The ESPM “describes the foundational principles, competencies, and evidence-based practices needed to support effective service delivery.” It also “elaborates key roles of interdisciplinary team members, how to support seamless service delivery, and how to matriculate through the Early Start personnel system.” In simpler terms, it’s the go-to document to have a better understanding of what it means to work in early intervention in California, the knowledge and skills all professionals should possess, and the types of activities that comprise and support well designed early intervention service plans.

The ESPM is recommended by the California State Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention and supports the…

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The latest issue of the Head Start Disabilites Services Newsletter is all about "Supporting Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities or Suspected Delays and Their Families in the Home and in the Classroom." In this issue, the Office of Head Start has curated a helpful collection of professional development and other resources for those working with infants and toddlers with disabilities in settings like child care, Early Head Start, etc. Click the link above to view the web version, or view and download the PDF below (the hyperlinks all work!). 

 

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In California, drowning is the leading cause of deaths among infants and toddlers, and near-drowning incidents can result in life-long disabilities. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Drowning Prevention Foundation have developed a simple, easy-to-read poster and infographic to help raise awareness on this issue and remind adults caring for young children that drowning is preventable. Download and print these materials for your home, office, or lobby to share important information about drowning prevention.

For more information and resources, check out the DDS website: https://www.dds.ca.gov/Drowning/

Drowning Prevention Poster, English

Drowning Prevention Poster, Spanish…

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Today on the Neighborhood Blog, we’re highlighting a resource that we haven’t talked about in a while: the Take a Minute – Relationships Matter! flyer for parents. This two-page handout offers families helpful information and concrete, easy-to-follow strategies to build a strong relationship with their child, and help their infant or toddler develop social-emotional skills that are foundational to all areas of development. This flyer has been translated into over a dozen languages to meet the diverse needs of California’s families. Download and share this flyer with the families you work with!

To download the flyer in English, click here

To download the flyer in Spanish,…

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Summer is here, and in between vacations and holidays, why not spend some time learning more about hearing screening and assessment of young children? We're presenting two self-guided learning opportunities on hearing screening on the Neighborhood today. Read on for more information!

 

From the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, the Implementing a Successful Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Hearing Screening Program self-guided learning modules are designed to "prepare early care and education providers to successfully implement evidence-based Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening and follow-up practices." This free program includes online video modules, activites, tools…

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Tips on Helping Your Child Learn to Cooperate

“Cooperation is the ability to balance one’s own needs with someone else’s.” We round out the school year with an article from Zero-to-Three entitled Tips on Helping Your Child Learn to Cooperate. This resource gives concrete examples of “how cooperativeness grows across the first three years of life” and offers tips on a variety of situations, such as:

  • Taking turns,
  • Setting limits and explaining requests,
  • Taking time to problem-solve,
  • Suggesting developmentally-appropriate chores,
  • Praising cooperation, and
  • Giving choices.

It’s well worth the read. Check it out today and leave us a comment to let us know what you thought.

This resource is…

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The California Early Start Central Directory of Early Intervention Resources is now online, giving early childhood service providers and families easy access to nearly 2,000 early intervention services and resources throughout the state! Use the search bar to quickly search for resources or services in your county, or explore the rest of the Central Directory site to learn more about the Early Start system, locate websites, publications and other resources, and find out how to get the help you need. 

Read more about this new format for the Early Start Central Directory on the Neighborhood:…

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We want to let our Neighbors know about two upcoming webinars that may be of interest to Early Start professionals! These webinars are FREE to join and are hosted and/or promoted by the Office of Head Start, but the audience is not limited to Early Head Start or Head Start staff. Any professional working with infants and toddlers ages 0-3 with delays or disabilities may find this information useful. If you attend these trainings, let us know in the comments if you found them helpful for your work in early intervention!

 

Introduction to Evidence-based Hearing Screening Practices for Children Ages 0-5

Hosted by: Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative

Date: Monday, June 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT

Click here to view a recording of the webinar: …

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June is National CMV Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 1 in every 150 children is born with congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus). CMV is the most common congenital (meaning present at birth) infection in the United States and is the most common viral cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities, including deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, mental and physical disabilities, seizures, and death.
 
CMV is a common virus, present in saliva, urine, tears, blood, and mucus, and is carried by 75…
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In March 2018, the Department of Education's Special Education Division and the Department of Developmental Services co-hosted a webinar on the Early Start State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) for SELPA and LEA Part C Program Coordinators. The webinar provided an overview of the Part C SSIP process, current status, key messages for implementation, and the role of SELPA/LEAs. A recording of the webinar has been added to the Neighborhood and can be viewed at the following link: https://earlystartneighborhood.ning.com/about-the-ssip/webinar-early-start-state-systemic-improvement-plan-ssip-to-impro

 

 

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Teaching Your Child about Feelings

Our friends at the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University offer another excellent resource on Teaching Your Child About Feelings. The article outlines developmentally appropriate expectations from birth to 36 months. It offers many strategies parents can incorporate into their everyday routines and activities, including talking about feelings and modeling healthy expressions of strong emotions. The authors suggest specific feeling words to focus on, ways to plan and prepare for inevitable tantrums, and quick and easy activities like peek-a-boo, playing in the mirror, pretending, and singing songs like “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” The article also stresses the important of modeling good self-care as another way to focus on…

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!  In celebration, the Office of Head Start’s Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative is joining the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to host a coffee break webinar series to celebrate this year’s theme “Communication for All.”  Throughout the month of May, ASHA partners with national and local stakeholders to engage in a multifaceted public education campaign to raise awareness about the critical need to intervene early when young children are identified with communication disorders. 

The Coffee Break Webinars will focus on raising awareness about the importance of frequent hearing screenings, language development, and family…

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Strategies for Managing Stress

The work of an Early Start professional is rewarding, but can be stressful. Stress impacts all areas of our lives, including our work with children and families. Managing stress is key to good health, wellness, and effectiveness as professionals.

The National Center on Health in Head Start has published a newsletter on addressing your own stress, and for managers to support your team members. While this publication was originally written for Head Start professionals, the tips and resources are useful for all professionals working with children and families.

Read the newsletter below, or visit it here: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/docs/health-services-newsletter-201408.pdf

What tips or strategies do YOU have for managing stress? Comment below to share!
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Responding to Your Child’s Bite

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning at Vanderbilt University offers an excellent guide for Responding to Your Child’s Bite, a behavior with which many parents of young children have had to contend. This article is definitely one you’ll want to save for future reference. 

The authors explore the many reasons why children bite and give very specific ideas about what parents and caregivers can do. They suggest quickly and calmly removing the child from the situation, directing your attention to the person who was bitten (rather than the biter), acknowledging the biter’s feelings, and offering alternative behaviors the biter can use to express strong emotions, such as saying “Stop!” or “Help!” The article also describes the…

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We are excited to announce that Chapters 1-3 of the recently revised Service Coordination Handbook are now available on the Neighborhood! The new chapters include:

These latest additions join Chapters 6-8 in the "Service Coordination Handbook" section of the Neighborhood. Click on the links above,…

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Developing Self-Control from 12-24 Months

One important part of social-emotional development is learning how to handle strong emotions. This article from ZerotoThree.org gives parents and caregivers tips on how to help their toddler learn self-control and manage their feelings.

Read the full article here: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1287-developing-self-control-from-12-24-months

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the Neighborhood…

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