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Description: All children need homes that are safe and full of love. Children who have experienced severe trauma may need more. Early, hurtful experiences can cause children to see and react in different ways. Some children who have been adopted or placed into foster care need help to cope with what happened to them in the past. Knowing what experts say about early trauma can help you work with your child.
Description: Easterseals offers a free, comprehensive and confidential online screening tool to help guide and keep track of your child’s growth and development during these first five years. Children develop skills and reach milestones at their own pace. How is your child doing? We encourage you to take 10–20 minutes to check with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition™ (ASQ-3). You can start at any time. Based on your responses, your results will help you see if your...
Description: This information brief is a companion document to Issue Brief No. 9. It provides an introduction to early child development, including resources to consult when developmental concerns arise. The intended audience is families experiencing homelessness and the service providers who provide support. (Project Hope-Virginia) (Homeless Education)
Description: Finding a shared definition of early childhood inclusion has not always been an easy task for those of us in the field of early care and education. In 2009 the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) released a joint position statement on early childhood inclusion. The position statement defined early childhood inclusion, and provided the defining features of high quality early childhood inclusion: access, participation, and...
Description: The purpose of this policy statement is to support families, early childhood programs, and States by providing recommendations from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) for preventing and severely limiting expulsion and suspension practices in early childhood settings.
Description: New science tells us that our children's first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Vroom turns shared moments into brain-building moments. Whether it's mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds. There is also a free app available for download on Google Play or iTunes.
Description: The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) is pleased to provide English speakers with quick access to the wealth of information in Spanish on this website. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, use this page to easily find and share important info in Spanish with the Spanish speakers you serve. Each item in the list below starts with the topic in English (which is linked to info in English on that topic). This is followed by the title of the page in Spanish that offers the...
Description: Información en español en este sitio, Nos complacemos en facilitar su acceso rápido a nuestra información en español a través de esta lista alfabética organizada por Tema de Discapacidad.
Description: Start with the Arts at Home is an educational resource that uses the arts to assist young children, including those with disabilities, in exploring themes commonly taught in early childhood classrooms in the home setting. Start with the Arts at Home is available for free download in both English and Spanish.
Description: This article introduces the framework of Universal Design for Early Childhood Education (UDECE). The goal of the framework is to synthesize best practices within the field of early childhood education and special education, providing a template to support access and equity for all children. (UDL)
Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching, learning, curriculum development and assessment that uses new technologies to respond to a variety of individual learner differences. IDEA 2004 defines Universal design using the same definition as the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. (The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, ECTA)
Description: UD and UDL support access to early care and education environments through the removal of physical and structural barriers (UD) and the provision of multiple and varied formats for instruction and learning (UDL).
Description: This includes: Why Do It? (the evidence base), Read About It (books, chapters, and articles), See for Yourself (videos and demonstrations) and Find it Online (websites with additional resources).
Description: A framework for supporting all young learners is universal design. This framework calls for early educators to value from the beginning the importance of planning learning environments and activities for a diverse population-creating universally designed settings in which all children and their families can participate and learn. (UD, UDL)
Description: The Books Build Connections Toolkit has information about the benefits of promoting early literacy and early learning for children. It includes publications with information and tips for pediatric professionals and families that are available to print, download or share on social media.
Description: This brief Building Blocks article will outline some UDL basics in an attempt to provide access to tools that teachers can use to meet children’s needs in the classroom so that they can learn successfully.
Description: The Assessment’s chapters are organized by the core categories of services/supports needed by Virginians with developmental and related disabilities across the lifespan. References are included at the end of each chapter. Information on statewide advocacy groups is provided in Appendix A, and information on preparing for emergencies is contained in Appendix B. The 2014 Assessment describes disability services and supports that are primarily funded, operated, licensed, regulated, or...
Description: Apps for Children with Special Needs (a4cwsn) is committed to helping the families and caretakers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them, by producing videos that demonstrate how products designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective. Our aim is that these videos, along with relevant information and advice from an independent source you can trust, provides valuable insight into whether a...
Description: The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Toddler Initiative will expand on the work conducted by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC-ASD) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. The ASD Toddler Initiative will develop new materials and modify existing processes to support the use of evidence-based practices for young children (birth-3) and for their families.
Description: This site provides resources, training, and links to Infant Mental Health endorsement. The goal of Earch Childhood Mental Health of Virginia is to develop of a comprehensive system of care for infant and child mental health serving children birth through age eight and their families/caregivers, which: Engages parents as partners; Provides high quality supports and services to families; Is grounded in developmental knowledge; Includes family and child centered practices and policy & cultural...
Description: Module 1 welcomes everyone to Part C of IDEA—the early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
Description: This is a starter list of who's who in early intervention. It will lead you into the wider network and keep you informed in the ongoing work in early intervention.
Description: This includes resources that you can use for professional development in early childhood and early intervention.
Description: Early intervention services are designed to address the developmental needs of eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth to the third birthday, and their families. Early intervention is authorized by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Description: Play is vanishing from classrooms as teachers try to align their curriculum to meet new state standards. It’s time to look again at block building as an essential learning process which fosters and facilitates the learning and innovative skills children need to be successful in the future.
Description: If you’re concerned about the development of an infant or toddler, or you suspect that a little one has a disability, this page will summarize one terrific source of help—the early intervention system in your state. Early intervention services can help infants and toddlers with disabilities or delays to learn many key skills and catch up in their development.
Description: El nacimiento de un niño es un evento lleno de emociones que le cambiará la vida por completo. Un nuevo bebé hermoso llega a su hogar, familia, y comunidad. Es un tiempo para celebrar. Sus familiares conocen al niño y se preguntan: ¿Va a ser un futbolista, será una famosa cantante, va a descubrir la cura para el cáncer, o se convertirá en el presidente de los Estados Unidos?
Description: Are you looking for information on a health condition or perhaps trying to find health services? There are lots of medical sites out there that explain conditions in terms you don’t need to be a doctor to understand. And there are sites that can help you locate healthcare services in your community.
Description: La salud de nuestros niños es algo muy importante. Mantenerse saludable puede ser caro, especialmente si hay preocupaciones dentro de la familia con conseguir seguro de la salud, cuidado médico, un diagnóstico, o información médica sobre una condición específica.
Description: Si Ud. tiene o conoce un niño entre las edades de 3 a 21, y tiene preocupaciones acerca de su desarrollo, bienestar emocional, conducta, aprendizaje o discapacidad, esta página le ayudará a familiarizarse con los sistemas de apoyo para niños con discapacidades en los Estados Unidos.
Description: The education of children with disabilities is a top national priority. Our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their individual needs.
Description: The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) offers information and connections to the full spectrum of disabilities in children, including developmental delays and rare disorders. Learn about typical developmental milestones in childhood, specific disabilities and disorders, and the disability categories in our nation’s special education law (IDEA) that qualify a child for special education services.
Description: ¡Si está buscando información sobre discapacidades en niños pequeños y jóvenes, ha llegado al lugar correcto! Ofrecemos información y conexiones al espectro completo de discapacidades en los niños, incluyendo retrasos en el desarrollo y desórdenes raros. Utilice los siguientes enlaces para aprender sobre las etapas típicas del desarrollo, discapacidades y desórdenes específicos, y las categorías de...
Description: As a child care provider or preschool teacher, you may even be among the first to notice a child’s difficulties or special needs. That’s why, quite often, child care providers and preschool teachers play a key role in recognizing that a child may need special help and in connecting families with the systems of that help that address children’s developmental and disability-related needs.
Description: Welcome to NICHCY’s training curriculum on IDEA 2004's Part C (early intervention)! There are 14 Modules
Description: Parálisis cerebral es una condición causada por heridas a aquellas partes del cerebro que controlan la habilidad de mover los músculos y cuerpo. Cerebral significa que tiene que ver con el cerebro. Parálisis se refiere a una debilidad o problemas con el uso de los músculos. La herida ocurre a menudo antes del nacimiento, a veces durante el parto o, igual que Jen, pronto después del nacimiento.
Description: A critical part of improving developmental and educational results for children with disabilities is using effective practices in early intervention, wherever services are being provided—an agency setting, the home, and across the child’s natural environment.
Description: Games and activities are more than just fun for a preschooler — they also help with physical development and early learning. Find creative activities for your preschooler in areas such as arts and crafts, cooking, music and dance, and basic academic skills.
Description: If you have a child with a disability, the need to plan for your future, as well as your child’s, is important and the time to plan is now! The reality is that something could happen at any moment to leave you or your child at risk. It could be your death, or a chronic or debilitating illness or catastrophic injury that impairs your ability to care for yourself and your child. These events cause emotional and often financial hardship, so why not create a plan now while you can be...
Description: Visual Aids for learning develops images to streamline and support learning; empowering people to participate and achieve success and independence. The aim of Visual Aids for Learning is to improve the independence and self esteem of all people with learning difficulties. The resources have been developed in consultation with teachers trained in early childhood, primary school, high school and speech therapy. Free Sequences and Free Packs (including Adolescent Boy and Adolescent Girl packs) are...
Description: Teachers can create opportunities for young children to expand their understandings of scientific concepts and science inquiry during play. (NAEYC)
Description: Simple toys and tools can engage children as they explore natural phenomena in ways that will support their later science learning. Adults who allow children to play and work through small difficulties by themselves support children as they build an understanding of how the world works.
Description: This includes 10 tips for parents to support their child's science learning.
Description: Aprendizaje PRÁCTICO en Casa (Hands-On Learning at Home), Inventario de Aptitudes Para la Resolución de Problemas en Casa (Home Inventory of Problem Solving Skills, Matriz de Comunicación Especial para Padres (the Communication Matrix Especially for Parents)
Description: Parenting is hard work! But it can also be fun and rewarding. There are many things you can do to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with your child. This website will help you handle some common parenting challenges, so you can be a more confident parent and enjoy helping your child grow. Topics covered include: Communicating with Your Child, Creating Structure and Rules, Giving Directions, Using Discipline and Consequences, Using Time-Out, Practice Parenting Skills and...
Description: It’s important to know what to expect as your baby grows, because hearing problems can delay the development of voice, speech, and language skills. The checklist below presents the average age by which most babies accomplish a variety of early speech and language skills. Typically, a child may not accomplish all the items in an age category until he or she reaches the upper age in the age range. (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, NIDCD)
Description: Es importante saber qué esperar durante el desarrollo del bebé porque los problemas de audición pueden demorar el desarrollo de las habilidades de la voz, el habla y el lenguaje. La siguiente lista presenta la edad promedio en que la mayoría de los bebés manifiestan las primeras destrezas del habla y lenguaje. Por lo general, el niño no poseerá todas las habilidades mencionadas en cada etapa hasta que cumpla la mayoría de edad de cada una...
Description: Spina bifida is one of the most common birth defects in the United States, affecting some 1,5physic00 babies each year. 2 Spina bifida happens during the first month or so of pregnancy and means that the baby’s spine did not close completely. Damage to the nerves and the spinal cord may result.
Description: Espina bífida quiere decir una partidura en la espina, o sea que la columna vertebral no se ha cerrado completamente.
Description: The first 3 years of life, when the brain is developing and maturing, is the most intensive period for acquiring speech and language skills. These skills develop best in a world that is rich with sounds, sights, and consistent exposure to the speech and language of others. There appear to be critical periods for speech and language development in infants and young children when the brain is best able to absorb language. If these critical periods are allowed to pass without exposure to language,...