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Description: The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.
Description: This article, by Barbara Raimondo, provides an overview of laws that ensures equality in the treatment of deaf and hard of hearing poeple.  It reviews laws from newborn age through adulthood. 
Description: The POWER (Parent Organizer With Educational Resources) web app provides parents and families with online resources to answer questions about child development, disabilities, community services, Special Education, diploma options in Virginia and transition to life after high school.  The questions and potential resources are separated into age levels: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School and High School. This project is a collaborative effort between the Parent Resource...
Description: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are now growing up in environments saturated with a variety of traditional and new technologies, which they are adopting at increasing rates. Although there has been much hope for the educational potential of interactive media for young children, accompanied by fears about their overuse during this crucial period of rapid brain development, research in this area still remains limited. This policy statement reviews the existing literature on television, videos,...
Description: The Clerc Center, a federally funded national deaf education center, ensures that the diverse population of deaf and hard of hearing students (birth through age 21) in the nation are educated and empowered and have the linguistic competence to maximize their potential as productive and contributing members of society. This is accomplished through early access to and acquisition of language, excellence in teaching, family involvement, research, identification and implementation of best practices,...
Description: If you have just recently found out about your child’s hearing loss or know of a child who has been recently diagnosed with a hearing loss you are on the right track to finding more information for Virginia residents. Knowledge is power! Being informed in the area of deafness/hearing impairment and teaching your child or children with hearing losses to be independent is important.
Description: Virginia’s Definition (PDF) of school readiness describes the capabilities of children, families, schools and communities that promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. Each component – children, families, schools and communities – plays an essential role in developing school readiness. Ready Children are prepared socially, personally, physically and intellectually to meet literacy, mathematics, science, history/social science and developmental standards for...
Description: From birth, children are curious. You can build on that natural curiosity by developing their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Use daily routines to build on skills and concepts in math and science. By talking, reading, singing, playing, signing or using other ways to communicate—whatever works best for your infant, toddler or preschooler—you can help develop her STEM skills through play and exploration. Easy ways to promote young children's natural...
Description: The Virginia Family Special Education Connection Website provides Local Disability Services information for all of the Counties/Cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These services include: Arc (The Arc) Care Connection for Children (Health Department Program) Centers for Independent Living Child Development Services Program - Clinics Community Services Board (CSB) Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Department of Social...
Description: The incarceration of a loved one can be very overwhelming for both children and caregivers. It can bring about big changes and transitions. In simple everyday ways, you can comfort your child and guide her through these tough moments. With your love and support she can get through anything that comes her way. Here are some tools to help you with the changes your child is going through. (Jail)
Description: Play is an integral part of most early childhood special education programs. For many young children with ASD and severe learning needs, this skill may be very difficult.  This webcast will discuss the importance of teaching social skills in early childhood education programs that serve students with ASD.  Elements of social skill instruction will be explored to include both systematic and naturalistic teaching strategies.  Methods of how to embed evidenced-based practices in...
Description: Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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,...
Description: El habla y el idioma son las herramientas que los seres humanos usan para comunicar o intercambiar pensamientos, ideas y emociones. El idioma es el conjunto de reglas, compartido por los individuos que se están comunicando, que les permite intercambiar esos pensamientos, ideas o emociones. El habla es la conversación, una de las formas de expresar el idioma. El idioma también puede expresarse mediante la escritura, el lenguaje a señas o los gestos, en el caso de las...
Description: La terapia del habla y del lenguaje es el tratamiento para la mayoría de los niños con discapacidades del habla y aprendizaje del lenguaje. Las discapacidades en el habla se refieren a problemas con la producción de sonidos, mientras que los problemas con el aprendizaje del lenguaje son las dificultades al combinar las palabras para expresar ideas.
Description: The development of communication skills begins in infancy, before the emergence of the first word. Any speech or language problem is likely to have a significant effect on the child's social and academic skills and behavior. The earlier a child's speech and language problems are identified and treated, the less likely it is that problems will persist or get worse. Early speech and language intervention can help children be more successful with reading, writing, schoolwork, and interpersonal...
Description: A developmental delay is when your child does not reach these milestones at the same time as other children the same age. If your child is not developing properly, there are things you can do that may help. Most of the time, a developmental problem is not something your child will “grow out of” on his or her own. But with help, your child could reach his or her full potential! English and Spanish versions are on the same document.
Description: This guidebook presents what you need to know before your child's third birthday. It was developed in Minnesota and is based on federal and state guidelines, but may contain some information that differs from the transition process from Part C to Part B in Virginia.
Description: Guía Informativa de Niñez Temprana en Transición, Lo que usted necesita saber antes del tercer cumpleaños de su niño. It was developed in Minnesota and is based on federal and state guidelines, but may contain some information that differs from the transition process from Part C to Part B in Virginia.
Description: Este libro está escrito para ayudar a las familias a entender el sistema de intervención temprana, así como los derechos y las salvaguardas (o protección) que existen para garantizar que las familias participen en las decisiones que se tomen con relación a los servicios de intervención temprana de sus hijos.
Description: This document was written to help families understand the early intervention system and the rights and safeguards (or protections) that have been put in place to ensure that families are involved in decisions that are being made concerning their child’s early intervention services.
Description: When children are young, they learn by listening and talking with their parents, relatives, babysitters, and others. If you and your child are more comfortable with Spanish, then sing, talk, and read with your child in Spanish. This will build your child's speaking, listening, and understanding skills. These skills will later help him or her speak and read English.
Description: Los niños pequeños aprenden escuchando y hablando con sus padres, con sus familiares, con los encargados del cuidado infantil y con otras personas. Si usted y su niño se sienten más a gusto con el español, cante, converse y lea con su hijo en español. Así, se fortalecerán sus habilidades de hablar, escuchar y comprender. Estas habilidades le ayudarán más adelante a hablar y a leer en ingles.
Description: In some cases, a child’s developmental problems may be evident from birth. In other instances, it may take several months to realize that developmental milestones are not being met. Early intervention is the term used to describe services that reach a child early in his or her development, usually from birth through age three. Intervention is vital during this very early time because there a child learns and develops at the fastest rate during the first few years. It’s important not...
Description: En algunos casos, los problemas del desarrollo de un niño/a son evidentes desde el nacimiento. En otros, puede tardar varios meses darse cuenta de que los hitos del desarrollo no se están alcanzando. La intervención temprana es el término usado para describir servicios que se le dan al niño/a temprano en su desarrollo, generalmente desde el nacimiento hasta los 3 años. La intervención es vital durante esta primera etapa, ya que el niño/a...
Description: La preparación y el éxito escolar de los niños que aprenden en dos idiomas están vinculados directamente con el dominio de su lengua materna. Esta serie de folletos está diseñada para proporcionar al personal y a las familias, información básica sobre temas relacionados con los niños que aprenden dos o más idiomas. Estos hacen hincapié en los beneficios de ser bilingüe, la importancia de mantener la lengua materna, y el valor de convertirse completamente bilingüe. Estos recursos, que son fáciles...
Description: CPIR (Center for Parent Information and Resources) offers a suite of resource pages that can help you find answers and people who can help–specifically, through the early intervention system that’s available in every state. Early intervention is an effective way to help very young children (birth to the third birthday) catch up or address specific developmental concerns as soon as possible in their lives.
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: Between three and five years of age, children continue to make gains in both their understanding and their use of language. Their vocabularies grow in size. They produce longer and more complex sentences. During the preschool period, children's speech will become clearer as they master new sounds and new syllable structures. Language continues to develop in the context of interaction with others.
Description: Supporting Success is a ‘go-to’ site for professionals and family members seeking more information about hearing loss and what can be done to better support the future learning and social success of children with hearing loss. Only 1 in 100 students with IEPs are receiving services primarily for hearing loss! Hearing loss causes learning issues due to access barriers, not learning disorders. Professional Resource Topics Include: Amplification, Assessment, Early Childhood,...
Description: From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.
Description: Apoyo para padres y madres de niños con necesidades especiales
Description: Your child is advancing from infancy toward and into the preschool years. During this time, his physical growth and motor development will slow, but you can expect to see some tremendous intellectual, social, and emotional changes.
Description: Su niño está avanzando de la infancia hacia sus años de prescolar. Durante este tiempo, su crecimiento físico y desarrollo motriz será más lento, pero puede esperar ver cambios extraordinarios a nivel intelectual, social, y emocional.
Description: Parents are often the first to notice when their child is not learning or growing like other babies. This brochure outlines what to expect from your child during the ages from birth to three years old. (Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia)
Description: Encuesta sobre el desarrollo de su hijo: Los padres son a menudo los primeros en saber cuando su hijo necesita ayuda. (Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia)
Description: By specifying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions often acquired or exhibited in young children, the Milestones offer a comprehensive reference to consolidate our understanding of young children and what adults can do to support language, learning, and development in order to help reduce inequities in achievement as children mature. Further, the Milestones highlight the essential need for partnerships among families, early childhood programs and services, schools, and the community....
Description: Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
Description: Each and every child in an early childhood classroom can benefit from the use of visual supports. This webinar will explore strategies for utilizing visual schedules, visual prompts, and other assistive technology materials throughout the daily routines in the classroom. Ideas for engaging children and easing them through transitions will be shared.