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The Hanen Institute Many articles and resources related to enhancing language development and learning in all children. Website
The Importance of Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families The Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program (Part C) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was created in 1986 to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities, minimize potential developmental delay, and reduce educational costs to our society by minimizing the need for special education services as children with disabilities reach school age. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the Part C program and quick facts from the research on early brain development, the importance of intervening early, the benefits of early intervention, and current unmet needs. It is meant to be used as a tool to communicate with policymakers, pediatricians, families, and community leaders about the importance of high quality services for infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental delays and their families. Document
The Importance of Planned Transitions (Part one) Transitions—they can often make or break the day! Planning for the transitions that are a necessary part of the day is key to helping children be successful and for avoiding challenges that might derail that success. But what do planned transitions look like? Listen as expert Priscilla Weigel discusses some tips on charting success. Podcast
The Importance of Visual Supports Visuals are used in many ways such as helping to plan and organize, to remind us, to remember a special date or event and to help us follow rules to keep ourselves and others safe. While visual supports are important to adults, they are just as significant to children.
The Inclusion in Child Care Project by the Center for Inclusive Child Care: An Evaluation Report The Center for Inclusive Child Care was funded by the Minnesota Department of Education to increase access to high quality information and trainings on best practices in the inclusion of children with disabilities. Right now in Minnesota, this need is especially great in the more remote areas of the state and with families and early care and education professionals who have a linguistic barrier that prevents them from accessing the necessary training and services. Already posed to provide high quality trainings through a Train the Trainer model, the Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) focused on improving the delivery system for their services and developing innovative techniques for reaching these audiences. Document
The Incredible Years The Incredible Years is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children's behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups. Website
The influence of the number of toys in the environment on toddlers’ play As cognitive, language, and motor skills improve, toddlers are able to engage in more sophisticated play. One cognitive skill that develops during early childhood and greatly influences engagement in age-appropriate tasks is attention. Attention allows an individual to gather information about and sustain engagement with a target.  Document
The Ins and Outs of the Special Needs Rate from an Expert - Part 3 in a series Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel welcome special guest Nicole Frethem, Policy Specialist with the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program at the MN Department of Human Services to discuss the Child Care Assistance Program. Nicole shares important information about the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and how its subsidies aid families in accessing quality child care. Both families and child care programs should know what the eligibility is, how you begin the process, and why it can help offset financial costs. Podcast
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's 2009 Summary of Advances Each year the members of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee identify recent research findings that made the most impact on the field. For the 2009 Summary of Advances, the IACC selected and summarized 20 studies that gave significant insight into the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder, the biology of the disorder, potential risk factors, and possible interventions. These articles were the top selections from a pool of 63 peer-reviewed articles published in 2009 that were nominated by the committee to reflect the most important work in biomedical and services research for ASD during the year ? work that is critical to understanding the disorder and addressing the needs of people with ASD and their families. (Articles appear in alphabetical order by first author. A full reference list is included at the end of the document.) Document
The International Dyslexia Association The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia. We are the oldest such organization in the U.S. that serves individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field. IDA focuses its resources in four major areas: information and referral services, research, advocacy and direct services to professionals in the field of learning disabilities. Our peer-reviewed journal, "Annals of Dyslexia," is mailed annually to members. (View the table of contents from the 2000 issue.) Our subject-related "Perspectives" newsletters are distributed to members quarterly (past topics have included: teacher training, legal issues, parent issues, etc.) (View the article "Social and Emotional Problems Related to Dyslexia" from the Spring 1994 issue of "Perspectives.") Other topic-related publications are available for purchase by the public. (Check out the publications in our Online Store.) "Fact Sheets" are topic-related publications that are free to the public and can be found in the "About Dyslexia - More Infomation" sections of this web site. (View "Dyslexia Basics.") In addition, we fund research on neurological, educational and developmental issues as they relate to dyslexia. We advocate for the rights of individuals with dyslexia both through the legal and Federal legislative systems. And based upon models in place in our Orange County, CA and New Jersey branches, we are developing programs to provide services (testing, tutoring, remedial instruction, etc.) throughout our branch network directly to individuals with dyslexia. Website