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.



Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS) National Conference 2020

Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS) National Conference 2020  Copy to Calendar

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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Step Up Assistive Technology to Promote Early Literacy

Step Up Assistive Technology to Promote Early Literacy  Copy to Calendar

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

Join Michelle Schladant, PhD, ATP for a discussion on the importance of assistive technology (AT) for early literacy development. Dr. Schladant will provide an overview of the use of AT in early childhood, the current best practices as well as where we are headed in the field. She will explain the current IDEA policies related to AT at the level of state programs and school districts and highlight the tools and resources available to families. Dr. Schladant will share about the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs funded project, Step Up AT for Early Literacy. Step Up AT is a teacher coaching and professional development program and is one solution for encouraging the adoption of AT practices in the early childhood classroom environment. Outcomes from this program will be discussed.

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News and Resources



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


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.



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

The Active Ingredients in Home Visiting: Using The Home Visit Rating Scales (HOVRS) To Engage Families and Improve Outcomes  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Providing home visiting services to families can be challenging work. Families with the greatest needs can sometime be difficult to engage in the home visiting process. The Home Visit Rating Scales were developed based on research examining the practices of home visitors that lead to better family engagement and child outcomes. The Home Visit Rating Scales are in use by programs nationally and internationally with the goal of improving the home visiting process and related outcomes. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the Home Visit Rating Scales including: how it aligns with DEC Recommended Practices, an overview of the measure, research supporting its use, and information on how it is being used in practice.

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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.