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Description: The Pyramid Plus Center works to improve the social and emotional competence and inclusion of young children through the Pyramid Plus Approach: embedded inclusion practices along the entire developmental continuum (Birth – 5 years) within the Pyramid Model framework. This approach builds on the work of the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions (TACSEI), and the SpecialQuest Approach and...
Description: Evaluation is an essential beginning step in the special education process for a child with a disability. Before a child can receive special education and related services for the first time, a full and individual initial evaluation of the child must be conducted to see if the child has a disability and is eligible for special education. Informed parent consent must be obtained before this evaluation may be conducted.
Description: On this website you will find books that have been adapted using the Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) and the Mayer-Johnson program BoardMaker©. The Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) are typically used by individuals who have difficulty being understood verbally or have severe difficulty with reading and writing. (AAC Resource)
Description: School readiness and school success for children who are dual language learners are tied directly to mastery of their home language. This series of handouts is designed to provide staff and families with basic information on topics related to children learning two or more languages. They emphasize the benefits of being bilingual, the importance of maintaining home language, and the value of becoming fully bilingual. These easy-to-read resources highlight important information that every adult...
Description: This report looks at a variety of technology-based products and technology-assisted programs designed to improve the early literacy skills of children from birth through age 8. The report also provides information about available technologies for parents, educators and children, as well as what may be missing in current uses of technology by children.
Description: SMALL STEPS: A Parent-Infant Education Program for Families Raising Children who are Deaf,Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Low Vision and DeafBlind...honoring the small steps that promote happy families... FREE services offered through The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
Description: WonderBaby.org, a project funded by Perkins School for the Blind, is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you'll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they've learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families.
Description: FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources.  (This site is available in Spanish.)
Description: Under mandate of federal and state law, VBPD works to promote and guide public policy changes and create opportunities for new approaches in our service delivery systems. VBPD is proud to have enriched the lives of Virginians with developmental and other disabilities by investing in over 200 best practice, model demonstration and research grant projects that have created change in the areas of education, employment, housing, early intervention, transportation, recreation, and community...
Description: This publication was developed to help parents understand their rights and responsibilities, their child's rights and the school's responsibilities to meet the special needs of their child. The guide includes a description of the special education process and what is required of you and the school during each step of that process. Important timelines are highlighted in each section. (Families, family)
Description: The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age two who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child's participation in family and community activities that are important to the family. In addition, supports and services focus on helping parents and other caregivers know how to find...
Description: The focus of SpecialQuest Birth–Five is on inclusion for children with disabilities ages birth through five (pre-kindergarten) and their families, particularly those in Head Start* along with Child Care, Early Intervention/Part C, Early Childhood Special Education/619, family support, and other related programs. (parent, parents)
Description: Disappointment is a normal, though difficult, part of growing up. Your child is likely to experience disappointment as she makes new friends, tries new things and experiences the ups and downs of her world. Whether it’s a trip to the park that is ruined by rain or missing a birthday party, life is full of little and big disappointments. When you allow your child to feel, experience and learn from little disappointments at an early age, you help her to create the skills she will need to...
Description: Frustration is a common emotion in young children and typically occurs as a child begins to discover the many things he would like to do, but simply cannot do yet. Frustration is a natural and healthy emotion and can provide a positive learning experience for a child. You can teach your child how to deal with frustration in a way that is useful for him. Most important, you must respond to frustration when it first arises before it changes into anger or becomes the dreaded temper tantrum. Two...
Description: Transitioning, or moving, to new places, people and activities is something we do many times during the day. However, change can be overwhelming and seem unpredictable for your child, especially when she is not ready to move on to the next place or activity. When and how often transitions occur are usually decided by an adult and children often act out with challenging behavior when they feel unable to control their routine. When you help your child prepare for transitions you are helping her to...
Description: FPG researchers study important issues facing young children and their families, and we use this information to enhance policy and improve practice. We are committed to sharing the information we generate with the public and to supporting professionals’ understanding and use of evidence-based practices. Like other top tier research organizations, our work is published in the most respected journals and publications in our field. What sets us apart is our effort to ensure that parents,...
Description: This site offers a wide variety of professional development resources on topics of interest. Resource landing pads, archived webinars, links to online modules, tools for practitioners and system managers, and a training calendar are among the available resources. The information is specifically designed for early interventionists, students, families, faculty and all committed to ongoing learning.
Description: The Assistive Technology Network of Virginia addresses priorities of VDOE with centralized coordination, implementation, and dissemination of information about the laws which define AT devices and services, the process of consideration of AT by Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, and AT assessment and resources.  It includes a section on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). In support of these priorities, the network has several initiatives which include: Developing...
Description: The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.
Description: The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation was created through a grant from the Office of Head Start. The Center translates research in healthy mental development into materials tailored to the needs of each of the target audiences, and makes them available on this website.  This site includes Best Practice Tutorials designed to enhance your skills and knowledge around how to implement effective mental health consultation in Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs.
Description: AbilityPath.org's mission is to build a community that brings together professionals and parents of children with special needs from around the globe to learn, share and strengthen the process of supporting the ongoing healthy development of children and youth with special needs and disabilities. Content features advice, tool kits and other practical day to day living tips so families can learn, laugh and live a more balanced life. The website includes: My Child's Development, Health & Daily...
Description: This book provides an in-depth look at challenging behavior and practical strategies for preventing and addressing it. Vignettes featuring real children in real classrooms bring the material alive. Chapters are included on self-reflection, culture, bullying, resilience, the brain, and family partnerships. It is a comprehensive resource for both education students and practicing teachers.
Description: This 3 min video describes inclusion as a basic human right. Speakers focus on the importance of all children, from infancy on through adulthood, being fully included in all aspects of family and community life. This video was developed by VA's Integrated Training Collaborative at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU as a project of the VA SpecialQuest Birth-5 Project.
Description: Communication is an essential part of everyday life and is considered to be a profound and indisputable individual right. Impairment in communication is one of the diagnostic characteristics of ASD. This means that every student identified with an ASD will experience communication difficulties. It is now widely regarded that communication is an essential life skill and should be a primary goal for students with ASD.
Description: This site includes Books & Reading (Reading help, Book Lists), Child Development (Cognitive, Language, Physical), School Help (Grade-by-Grade Guides, Teacher-Parent Relationships), Activities, News & Blogs and Kids' Sites Early Learning Games.
Description: The OCALI Advisory Board is pleased to announce the release of the Ohio Autism Recommendations. Based on research and feedback from parents and families across Ohio, the new recommendations focus on early identification and diagnosis, skill development and support, and sustained services for future success.
Description: Theses resources for working with children with Blindness or Visual Impairment are available from the TTAC Lending Resources from the Kellar Library at George Mason University. No time to come to the library? No problem! Most items can be mailed to your school or home address. To see a list of resources, click on the attachment. (parent, parents) If you are interested in the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment, click the website listed beside "visit."
Description: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and...
Description: This site is devoted to providing helpful information, tools, and resources for brain injury survivors, families, friends, and caregivers. Sections include: Learn about TBI, Recommended Books, Discussion Lists, Organizations, For Caregivers, Relearning for Daily Life, and Managing Daily Life at Home (Assistive Technology).
Description: The Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) provides training, information, technical assistance and resources regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities. OTAP services are available to anyone concerned with the needs of Oregon's children with disabilities from birth to age twenty-one. The program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
Description: Established by Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education (CTE), the Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) provides assistive technology specialists information on the most up-to-date AT policies, practices, and devices.
Description: The WATI website provides the resource manual for Assessing Student's Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNA): the complete version and by individual chapters. The WATI Student Information Guide Process Forms (AT for Seating, Positioning and Mobility, AT for Communication, AT for Computer Access, AT for Motor Aspects of Writing, AT for Composition of Written Material, AT for Reading, AT for Mathematics, AT for Organization, AT for Recreation and Leisure, AT for Blind / Low Vision, AT for Deaf /...
Description: The mission of GPAT is to improve student achievement, productivity, independence and inclusion by enhancing educator knowledge of assistive technology and increasing student access to appropriate assistive technology devices and services.
Description: Assistive technology enables students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence and participate actively in education and life activities. Thank you for visiting our site today and we hope you find the resources you need to successfully include technology devices and services for your schools.  
Description: The Glossary includes over 200 education- and disability-related terms translated from English to Spanish to ensure that educational terms related to IDEA are translated in a uniform and comprehensible way. (With proper citation, the Glossary can be reproduced in whole or part.)
Description: This guide provides state policymakers and advocates with strategies to maximize resources and make policy changes that drive funds, resources, and community partners to child care and early education programs to benefit young children and families. Separate from blending and braiding funding streams at the local or program level, the strategies described in this guide focus on state policy decisions that can facilitate the innovative use of funds, encourage partnerships at the state and local...
Description: This is the Individualized Family Service Plan (ISFP) form the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia that was revised 6/2012.
Description: The third annual issue, which appeared in September, 2012, is packed with resources for teachers, leaders, professional development providers and families. Articles range from Tackling Children’s Weight Issues Through Music Therapy to Because I Said So: Effective Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Behavior. This issue also includes ideas, resources, international perspectives, and podcasts you can participate in.
Description: A 20-minute video featuring Alexa Posny, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), highlights some of the major changes to the regulations. These final regulations will help improve services and outcomes for America's infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
Description: This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations, announced on September 6, 2011.
Description: Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns. This site includes  "Screening Tools,"  "Transitioning to Kindergarten Toolkit," "Skill-Building Activities," and "Early Learning & Childhood Basics."
Description: This list was created by a Speech Language Pathologist/Augmentative Communication Consultant/Assistive Technology Consultant. (iPad)
Description: El Manual de 100 Días de Autism Speaks fue diseñado exclusivamente para familias que han sido recientemente evaluadas. family/parent/parents, General Autism)
Description: The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children was created specifically for families of children ages 4 and under to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.
Description: The following information is provided to assist educational teams in considering assistive technology in the development, review, and/or revision of a student’s Individual Educational Plan. This document provides a framework for identifying relevant tasks within instructional areas as well as appropriate accommodations, modifications, and technology solutions. This is not an exhaustive list. Additional tasks and solutions will need to be added to address individual student needs. This...
Description: Students of all ability levels should have the opportunity to experience literacy designed to help them learn new skills or review current abilities. Adapting literacy activities is one method used to make books accessible. This handout discusses why and how to adapt literacy activities for the development of literacy skills.
Description: This toolkit provides state policymakers and advocates with strategies for extending and expanding access to state- or federally-funded home visiting through partnerships with providers of FFN child care. This toolkit includes: Part I: What are Family, Friend, and Neighbor and Home Visiting Partnerships, and How Can They Help You Reach Families?: This section provides an overview of what home visiting partnerships with FFN providers may look like, and the role of such partnerships in serving...
Description: Head Start is a national child development program for children from birth to age 5, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development for income-eligible families. Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. Head Start is a child-centered, family focused, comprehensive and community-based program. Head Start provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, dental, mental health,...
Description: Digital video is a powerful tool that can be used to enhance a range of early care and education practices, including observation, documentation, assessment, evaluation, coaching, consultation, reflective practice, reflective supervision, family education, and professional development. The Desired Results access Project established a Digital Video Initiative to support early childhood practitioners' use of video in their work.
Description: This module focuses on effective practices for developing trusting family-professional partnerships in early care and education programs (including home visiting, early intervention, and other 0-3 settings). CONNECT modules are free and use an evidence-based approach to professional development. They include video clips, activities, and handouts that are designed to be embedded into existing curricula, coursework, and other professional development opportunities.