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U.S. Department of Education Early Learning Initiative Find the latest information about the U.S. Department of Educations's work in supporting our nation's youngest learners. The web page is designed to include information about key programs, funding opportunities, resources and publications, technical assistance, and interagency work; early learning in the Administration's proposal for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA); and investments in early learning across Departments. The page includes presentation materials, a webinar, blog posts, and public comments from our Listening and Learning about Early Learning tour. Website
UC Davis MIND Institute The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cures of neurodevelopmental disorders. Website
Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Part 3) 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: An Overview of Learning Disabilities and Diagnosis (Part 2) 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 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 1) 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 Special Needs Rates for the Child Care Assistance Program in Minnesota This info module describes the criteria and process to requesting the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) special needs rate in Minnesota. Info Module
Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development This June 2015 brief from the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides basic information about brain development and the effects of abuse and neglect on that development. It is meant to help professionals understand the emotional, mental, and behavioral impact of early abuse and neglect on children who come to the attention of the child welfare system. Document
Use Visual Strategies for Autism Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and lots of other students with behavior or communication challenges tend to be visual learners. They understand what they see better than what they hear. Therefore, they benefit significantly from the use of Visual Strategies. Deciding when and how to use pictures and other visual supports is the key. This website gives valuable information for speech pathologists, educators, parents, and therapists on how and when to use visual strategies. Website
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