Early Childhood SIG

 

The Early Childhood Special Interest Group at AUCD provides information to Network members on critical issues related to early childhood.  The EC SIG Co-Chairs are Mary Beth Bruder and Corry Robinson.

 
 

Events

Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS) National Conference 2020

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 - Saturday, July 11, 2020
Location: Cincinnati, OH

The University of Cincinnati UCEDD at Cincinnati Children's Hospital will host the Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS) National Conference, July 9-11, 2020 in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. The conference is geared toward families of children and adults with RTS across the lifespan. We look forward to providing this opportunity for families and professionals to gain additional knowledge and skills related to RTS and to collaborate and connect with others.

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Resources for Building and Strengthening FASD Initiatives

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

In this webinar, members of the FASD SIG will present resources for increasing your knowledge about FASD, training others, and supporting individuals with lived experience and their families. Attendees are encouraged to share resources they find helpful. Following the presentation and discussion, participants will have a general conversation about strategies for building a strong network of programs serving individuals with FASD.

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Family Leaders: What They are Saying, and how UCEDDs and LENDs can help

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar

As a follow up to the webinar: Families: What They are Saying, and how UCEDDs and LENDs can help. We have invited 3 family leaders from the ECPC/DEC Family Cohort to bring their perspectives to the conversation. Disparities, access to technology, food, housing, job security and appropriate bi-lingual services including adequate support to teach at home have been identified as barriers. This panel of family members will join Ann and Rud Turnbull to discuss their perspectives on these challenges and how the UCEDDs can help.

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News and Resources

 

4/16/2020

Opioid Epidemic: MN LEND will Create Statewide Telehealth Hub

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND is the WY LEND) has tapped the MN LEND program at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (ICI is the MN UCEDD/LEND) to create a network of partner organizations across Minnesota that will enhance developmental screening, monitoring and education for families dealing with the effects of opioid exposure.

 
 

4/6/2020

Early Intervention Focused Telehealth Support Series

Please join the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD) for a series of web-based training opportunities on the remote delivery of early intervention services to young children with ASD and related developmental delays and disabilities. While many home and clinic based services are currently suspended do to the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal is to equip early intervention providers with information and resources to continue serving families from a distance.

 
 

4/6/2020

Vanderbilt TRIAD Families First Online Education Series

Please join the VKC TRIAD's Families First team for a series of web-based educational opportunities for caregivers of young children with autism. These will include information on topics such as how to schedule your day at home during this time, how to structure specific activities within your day, and how to continue to work on goal areas while services may be paused.

 
 

2/25/2020

Bethany House, a Local Homeless Shelter, Partners with the Cincinnati LEND Program to Improve Trauma-Informed Care for Shelter Staff and Resident Families

LEND trainees have partnered with researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital as part of an ongoing project to provide trauma-informed care training to homeless shelter staff. The team has partnered with Bethany House, a local homeless shelter, to implement the training curriculum for staff members to connect better with the families they serve.

 
 
David Orlich, LEND Trainee

2/19/2020

Indiana Pilot Program Combatting Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Shows Early Promise

Every 15 minutes a baby in the United States is born diagnoses with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). However, a new Indiana program targeted at improving outcomes for mothers struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and their newborns is showing strong, early results. The program, named CHOICES, which assists mothers and is attempting to combat (NAS) has been showing promise since its inception in 2016.

 
 

1/16/2020

Ohio State LEND Leadership Project Aims to Build Relationships Between New Mothers and Healthcare Providers

Ohio State LEND faculty Lori Grisez (Physical Therapy) and Dr. Andrea Witwer (Psychology) initiated a program called Next Steps that aims to promote healthy development in infants and young children living in poverty in Central Ohio. The Next Steps program is an extension of the Moms2B program that was created in 2010 by pediatrician Dr. Patricia Gabbe and infant mental health specialist Twinkle French Schottke to address the alarmingly high infant mortality rate in Central Ohio.

 
 
 

Past Events

Families: What They are Saying, and how UCEDDs and LENDs can help

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Families are facing many challenges during this Covid-19 Public Health Crisis. If a family has a child with a disability, these challenges are magnified. This webinar will share information collected from surveys of families with children with disabilities from around the country as they cope with Covid 19. A panel of family leaders will then discuss what UCEDDS and LENDs can do to help families and their children now, and in the near future.

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COVID-19: How UCEDDS and LEND programs can partner with state and local special education systems during this, and future pandemics

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

John Eisenberg, Executive Director of The National Association of State Directors of Special Education will highlight what is currently happening across the country to support students with disabilities in schools, and he will discuss recommendations on how UCEDD and LEND Programs can be instrumental in helping state and local systems deal with the many obstacles faced by service providers. He will also provide some tips and strategies that participants can use immediately and in the future.

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COVID-19: How UCEDDS and  LEND programs can partner  with state and local early intervention and special education systems during this, and future pandemics

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Maureen Greer, Executive Director of the IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association, will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities state Part C systems are experiencing, and alternative methodologies being used to deliver services. AUCD need to use their knowledge, expertise and resources to assist both during the crisis and after states experience what may be a new normal.

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EC efforts are funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through technical assistance contract #Contract #HHSP23320110016YC. The contents of this page do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services, or the US Government.