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Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Part Three Mary Beth Kelley and Martha Moriarty share common red flags for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and who should make the diagnosis. Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel facilitate the conversation with their guests and discuss common misconceptions between a learning disability and ADHD. ADHD as a disorder is defined and the process of a diagnosis is covered based on the criteria in the DSM-V. Podcast
Understanding Learning Disabilities--Inclusion Strategies for Meeting Learning Needs Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel wrap up this four part podcast series with Martha Moriarty and Mary Beth Kelley of the Learning Disabilities Association of Minnesota by discussing useful inclusion strategies for children who may have behavioral characteristics of ADHD or learning disabilities. Mary Beth shares many of the ways a setting can be adapted to meet the learning needs of all children and especially support those who struggle with language or attention. Podcast
Understanding Learning Disabilities--Learning Disabilities Association of Minnesota: Part One Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel welcome special guests Martha Moriarty and Mary Beth Kelley from the Learning Disabilities Association of Minnesota. This podcast series begins with an overview of services that this organization provides to children and adults of all ages in Minnesota. Podcast
Understanding Learning Disabilities: An Overview of Learning Disabilities and Diagnosis: Part Two Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel welcome guests Martha Moriarty and Mary Beth Kelley from the Learning Disabilities Association of Minnesota for further discussion on what a learning disability may look like in young children. We will also discuss what the road to diagnosis can look like for families. Podcast
Understanding Picky Eaters: Setting the Stage for Healthy Eating Habits Listen as our guest, Kate Abernathy, Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Chief Executive Officer of Providers Choice, joins us for a conversation about “picky eaters.”  Young children begin their lifelong relationship with food in early childhood.  How can we set the stage for an enjoyment of all types foods, and a willingness to try new foods?  Kate shares some tips.    Podcast
Understanding Special Needs Rates of the Child Care Assistance Program The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Special Needs Rate is available for children with special needs in Minnesota who receive CCAP and meet designated criteria. This tip sheet provides a description of the Child Care Assistance Program's Special Needs Rate and the process to request. Tipsheet
Using Children's Literature to Learn about Disabilities Joan Blaska's book "Using Children's Literature to Learn about Disablities and Illness," 2nd edition is an invaluable resource for parents and educators. A must read for individuals wanting to help children learn about disabilites and illnesses through young children's literature. Website
Visual Supports for Toddlers "Visual Supports for toddlers are a set of evidence-based practices (EBPs) that use images, pictures or objects that cue the toddler to engage in a desired skill or behavior. They provide the toddler with meaningful information about an activity, routine, behavioral expectation, or skill. The AFIRM for Toddlers modules are designed for early intervention providers working with caregivers (families and childcare providers) of toddlers." Dees, R., Sam, A., Waters, V., & AFIRM Team. (2023). Visual Supports for Toddlers. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Focused Intervention Modules and Resources. Website
Vivir con una discapacidad: La perspectiva familiar (Living with a Disability: The Family Perspective) Al aprender la perspectiva familiar, los educadores de la primera infancia pueden demostrar un mayor nivel de empatía y sensibilidad sobre el impacto de la discapacidad de un niño en los padres/miembros de la familia.By learning the family perspective, early childhood educators can demonstrate an increased level of empathy and sensitivity about the impact of a child’s disability on parents/family members. Tipsheet
Weighted Objects and Deep Touch Input In this podcast, Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel talk with Gina Gibson, Occupational Therapist, Fraser, Minnesota, about guidelines for using weighted objects and other sensory interventions with young children. Podcast