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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: This manual was developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state system of Training and Technical Assistance Centers to help local school divisions meet federal and state mandates that children with disabilities be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The manual contains 8 modules and extensive resources which provide critical information for understanding, building, supporting, and sustaining inclusive placement opportunities for young children with...
Description: The I’m Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger. There are resources and videos for Educators, Parents and...
Description: In recognition of the Commonwealth’s ten-year investment in Smart Beginnings (2006-2016), the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation is proud to present this edition of Virginia’s School Readiness Report Card through the lens of a decade’s trends in key indicators of school readiness. The trends in state averages over the ten-year term are positive on nearly all of the indicators tracked by VECF. In other words, a top-line view of the data provides the perspective that, in most...
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: People with Special Health Care Needs includes: Medical Neighborhood Care Connection for Children Bleeding Disorders Program Child Development Services Sickle Cell Programs Metabolic Formula and Food Program
Description: The School Community Network is in the business of connecting classrooms to kitchen tables. We've developed a suite of services and a Resource Library that help teams work together to evaluate and fortify family engagement practices and create learning environments — at school and at home — where students thrive. Some resources are available in Spanish.
Description: Finding and safely recovering a missing child with autism presents unique and difficult challenges for families, law enforcement, first responders and search teams. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has special search protocols and checklists to help first responders.
Description: The following are implementation resources that correlate to evidenced based practices as identified by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/. The resources listed are available for check-out in every Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance (T-TAC) lending library.
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: The VCU-ACE Statewide Goal Committee on Transition recognized that there are distinct domains that comprise this complex concept.  Appropriately named, “The Three T’s of Transition”, these areas are as follows:  Transition from grade-to-grade, level-to-level, teacher-to-teacher, transition to and from out-of division placement, and the transition that takes place when students leave from secondary education and embark into adulthood.    This webcast will...
Description: The Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs is pleased to provide the Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Tool Kit — Birth to 18. This tool kit provides information and resources that will help you improve your quality of life and teaches you how to advocate for your child with special needs. Each of the six modules addresses issues you are likely to encounter throughout your child’s life. Whether your child has been recently diagnosed with a...
Description: This web page provides information and resources of particular interest to community-based organizations, both secular and faith-based, working to expand and improve learning opportunities for students. “Education Matters” is a resource that highlights key information to help improve educational outcomes for communities and families (these are available in Spanish).
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: CEC's (Council for Exceptional Children) divisions individually explore a single facet of special education in thoughtful detail, bringing together professionals to exchange ideas, stimulate research, and promote expertise in key areas of each fast-growing field. These include: Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), Division for Research (CEC-DR), CEC Pioneers Division (CEC-PD), Council for Educational Diagnostic Services...
Description: This is a compilation of journal articles dealing with Coaching/Services and Supports for Early Childhood.
Description: Pretti-Frontczak, K., Jackson, S., Goss, S.M., Grisham-Brown, J., Horn, E., Harjusola-Webb, S., Lieber, J., & Matthews, D. (2007). A curriculum framework that supports quality early childhood education for all young children. Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series, 9, 16-28. Grisham-Brown, J.L., Pretti-Frontczak, K.L., Hemmeter, M.L., & Ridgley, R. (2002). Teaching IEP goals and objectives in the context of classroom routines and activities. Young Exceptional Children, 6(1), 18-27.
Description: The IRIS Center has assembled an impressive collection of Evidence-Based Practice Summaries of research about the effectiveness of various instructional strategies and interventions. The summaries include links to research reports, information about an intervention’s level of effectiveness, and the age groups for which it is designed. Summaries are available on the following topics: Assessment (includes progress monitoring), Behavior and Classroom Management, Content...
Description: This website focusing on the five core components of reading offers information and resources to educators and parents with the goal of ensuring that all students are able to read at grade-level by the close of their third-grade year.
Description: El sitio Benefits.gov (anteriormente, GovBenefits.gov) fue lanzado en un esfuerzo por proporcionar a los ciudadanos un acceso sencillo por Internet a los programas de asistencia y beneficios del Gobierno. Después de ocho años de su lanzamiento inicial, GovBenefits.gov fue rediseñado y se convirtió en Benefits.gov. Sin embargo, la misión del programa sigue siendo la misma: reducir los costos y la dificultad que implica interactuar con el Gobierno y al mismo...
Description: Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. This 16-page guide (available for download, below), describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children.
Description: Young Audiences – Arts for Learning – Virginia is the leading provider of quality arts-in-education programming in Virginia. We offer an array of arts performances and workshops grounded in the core curriculum, residencies for children of all ages, and professional development in arts-integration techniques that improve students’ literacy skills, motivation to read, and ability to learn.
Description: This information brief is written for educators who are familiar with early intervention and early childhood special education to introduce the special issues families experiencing homelessness. It provides an overview of developmental concerns and homelessness, summarizes a Virginia survey of early childhood educators, and offers promising practices to better serve this population of young children and their families. (Project Hope-Virginia) (Homeless Education)
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...
Title: Vroom
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: 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. (UDL)
Description: Find information about the benefits of promoting early literacy and early learning for children and what you can do about it in the Books Build Connections Toolkit. The toolkit has publications with information and tips for pediatric professionals and families. Encourage families to talk, read, and sing with their children! Toolkit items are available to print, download, or share via social media.
Description: Two children—Jason and Mylee—are seated on inflatable disc cushions. They use these cushions to help with stabilization, muscle control, and balance. The extra support helps them participate successfully in the group activity. Once the story is over, Ms. Teresa brings out a big brown “magic” bag and asks the children to guess what is inside. She shows a picture on the Smart Board of a firefighter driving a fire truck. “What does a firefighter drive?” she asks....
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: How long a list of “who’s who” would you like? There are quite a few experts in the early intervention field! In the interests of efficiency, we will give you the semi-short but to-the-point list to get you started (we apologize to all those organizations we haven’t listed here). This starter list will definitely lead you into the wider network and keep you informed in the ongoing work in 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: 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: If you’re looking for information about disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities, you’ve come to the right place! 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. Use the links below to learn about typical developmental milestones in childhood, specific disabilities and disorders, and the...
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. An impressive knowledge base of experience has been built on the delivery of early intervention services.