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Articles or Blog Posts
Assessment - Eligibility Determination During Stay-at-Home Orders
A blog post from Robin McWilliam. Assessment: Children and families need to be able to get into early intervention during the lockdown. This is a great opportunity to focus on functioning in routines as the basis for enrollment! Access the blog post here.
Format: Blog Post

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Families

 

Source: Robin McWilliam, Natural Environments 

Challenging Behaviors: Why we shouldn't expect kids to self regulate too soon
A blog post from Mona Delahooke, PhD. Now is the time to remember that many children (& adults) will have difficulty maintaining emotional control. Please reduce expectations—There’s a neurobiological reason. Access the blog post here.
Format: Blog Post

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, Related Services, Families

 

Source: Mona Delahooke, Ph.D. 

Early Intervention in Natural Environments  
As EI/ECSE teams and parents work remotely, everyday routines in the home become the curriculum. Routines Based Assessment can assist in identifying and prioritizing interventions. A blog by Robin McWilliam on topics related to the Routines-Based Model. Access the blog here. 

Format: Blog

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, Related Services

 

Source: Robin McWilliam, Natural Environments 

EI Tele-Assessment Video Chats & Strategies: You've Got This!  
It includes 5 strategies for conducting tele-assessment and highlights two new Early Intervention Tele-Assessment Video Chats (Chat #1, Chat #1). The chats are 35-40 min recordings of discussions with EI practitioners and leaders around Virginia about how they prepare families and other team members, what tele-assessment looks like, and advice for others who are embarking on tele-assessment. The video chats include lots of great ideas and strategies. Hope these are helpful! Access the blog here. 

Format: Blog

Relevant for: Administrators, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention

 

Source: Dana Childress, Early Intervention Strategies for Success

 

Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators
As educators move to remote learning, many are worrying and wondering about reading books aloud online and possibly violating copyright laws. In response, many children's publishers have temporarily altered policies. Access the article here.
Format: Article

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, Related Services 

 

Source: School Library Journal 

Perspectives from a Professional Telecommuter 
Tips for professionals who are working remotely for the first time during the COVID-19 outbreak. Prepared by Cori Hill for the Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog. Access the blog post here.
Format: Blog Post

Relevant for: Professionals Working From Home

 

Source: Cori Hill, Early Intervention Strategies for Success 

Special Needs Parenting in the Age of Pandemic 
This moment is hard for everyone. For parents of special needs kids, it’s harder. This blog posts details the perspective of Sean Patrick Hughes, father of a child with special needs. Access the blog post here.
Format: Blog Post

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, Related Services, Families

 

Source: Sean Patrick Hughes, Human Parts on Medium.com 

The Power of Mindfulness: Practical Tips to Help Children Feel Safe and Secure  
Kristie Pretti-Frontczak guest wrote this blog post for The Inclusion Lab blog for Brookes Publishing Company that provides practical tips you can use to embed mindfulness into your daily routines. Access the blog post here.
Format: Blog Post

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention
Families, Related Services

 

Source: Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, The Inclusion Lab, Brookes Publishing Co  

10 Strategies for Engaging Parents (not Children?) during Tele-Intervention
Prepared by Dana Childress for the Early Intervention Strategies for Success Blog, this post provides strategies for early interventionists to engage parents during tele-intervention, including how to prepare, taking time to check in, how to engage using your voice, and more. Access the blog post here.
Format: Blog Post

Relevant for: Administrators, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention

 

Source: Dana Childress, Early Intervention Strategies for Success  

Individual Resources
Building Blocks for Learning - Coaching Handout 
A rapid coaching method to teach foundational interaction skills.. Access the resource here.
 
Format: Guidance Document

Relevant for: Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, Families

Source: Justin D. Lane & Devin Graley, University of Kentucky 

Caring for Each Other - Sesame Street 
Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you during the COVID-19 health crisis, as families everywhere are creating a "for now normal." Access the resources here.
 
Format: Guidance Document

Relevant for: Families

Source: Sesame Street
 

Early Childhood Intervention Tele-Practice - Resources from the Family, Infant, and Preschool Program (FIPP) 
A new three-infographic series on tele-supervision is now part of the tele-intervention collection developed by the Family, Infant and Preschool Program. The new series focuses on how program managers, supervisors, and practice coaches can support early childhood intervention practitioners' use of evidence-based practices virtually. This series includes Tele-Supervision, Tele-Observation, and Tele-Monitoring
 
FIPP has developed resources for programs and practitioners moving to tele-intervention. They have posted infographics about how to get started with tele-intervention, quick tips, tele-coaching, and how to use natural learning environment practices via tele-intervention. Tele-CoordinateTele-MoveTele-SenseTele-Speech, and Tele-Teach. The entire collection of infographics can be found hereAccess the resources here.
                        

Format: Guidance Document


Relevant for: Early Intervention, Related Services

Source: Family Infant and Preschool Program 

Helping Your Child During the Pandemic 
This resource families with a few strategies to help their child cope during the pandemic. Programs and professionals are encouraged to post this resource on their web sites or share through social media. Access the resource here.
 
Format: Guidance Document

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, 
Families

Source: National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)
 

Planning for the Use of Video Conferencing for Early Intervention Home Visits during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This document helps practitioners ask and answer the necessary questions related to early intervention telepractice. Access the resource here.
 
Format: Guidance Document

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Related Services

 

Source: Larry Edelman 

Pyramid Model Considerations for Re-Opening After an Extended Closure
This resource provides recommendations for practitioners as schools and centers start to re-open following the COVID-19 pandemic closures. Access the resource here.
 
Format: Guidance Document

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education

 

Source: SPEC - Supporting Positive Environments for Children 

Stress, Resilience, and the Role of Science: Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic 
A guide on responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic, understanding COVID-19, supporting children and yourself and related resoruces. Access the resource here.
 
Format: Guidance Document

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, Families

Source: Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
 

Taking Care of Yourself 
This infographic from the Barton Research Lab at Vanderbilt University provides tips on how to take care of yourself. Access the resource here.
 
Format: Guidance Document

Relevant for: Administrators, Childcare, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, Families, Professionals Working From Home

Source: The Barton Research Lab, Vanderbilt University 

Tips for Playing with Your Child 
This infographic from the Barton Research Lab at Vanderbilt University provides tips on play for parents. Access the resource here.
 
Format: Guidance Document

Relevant for: Families

Source: The Barton Research Lab, Vanderbilt University 

Curated Resource Lists
Early Childhood Personnel Center 
The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) has curated COVID-19 resources to share with early childhood programs and professionals. Access the resources here. 

Format: Curated List of Resources


Relevant for: Early Intervention, Related Services

 

Source: Early Childhood Personnel Center

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Read the latest guidance, and collected resources on remote service delivery and distance learning. Access the resources here. 

Format: Curated List of Resources


Relevant for: Early Intervention, Related Services

 

Source: Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

NCPMI Partner Resources - Helping young children cope in these difficult times 
These resources from the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations focus on providing support for children and families. Included among them is NCPMI's Community Contributions Page where individuals can share what resources they have found most helpful. The list also includes the webinar "Providing Distance Family Support: What do I say? How can I help? A Conversation with NCPMI Faculty". Access the resources here. Access the resources here. 

Format: Curated List of Resources


Relevant for: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, Families

Source: National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

Online Teaching Resources - Wide Open School 
From the National Head Start Association, an open collection of the best quality learning experiences and activities vetted by experts to keep kids engaged and entertained. Access the resources here. 

Format: Curated List of Resources


Relevant for: Early Childhood Special Education, Families

Source: National Head Start Association and Others - WideOpenSchool.org

Resources within Reason - Using Telepractice to Support Children and Families
With the suspension of direct contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, colleagues and families are working to figure out what assessments, interventions, and home visits should look like. These resources may be useful to those making the transition to technology as a medium to support children and families. Compiled by Camille Catlett & Kari Holmberg. Access the resource here.
Format: Curated Resource List

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education

 

Source: Division for Early Childhood 

Resources from NCPMI  

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovation has released resources on helping children and families cope during emergencies and national disasters. Access the resources here.

 

NCPMI's full resource library is available here.

Format: Curated Resource List

Relevant for: Child Care, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, Families

Source: National Center for Pyramid Model Innovation 

Teleflections   

Teleflections provide reflection from VA early intervention service providers on tele-intervention. The following videos are available in the Teleflections Video Playlist on the VEIPD Videos YouTube Channel: My First Online Visit; Tele-What?!; Bandwidths, Platforms, and Pings?? Help!; & I'm a PT and Rely on my Hands. Access the resources here.

Format: Curated Resource List, Videos

Relevant for: Administrators, Early Intervention

Source: Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center ​ 

ECE Resource Pages for Families and Professionals   

 

 

 
Format: Curated Resource Lists

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, Families

Source: National Center for Pyramid Model Innovation 

Membership & Networking
Teaching Remotely

CEC has gathered resources into one place for special education professionals to apply good teaching practices remotely due to precautions surrounding the COVID-19. Access the resources here. 

CEC & DEC members have access to even more resources. Join CEC and DEC here. 

Format: Curated Resource List, Membership & Networking

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, Related Services, Families, Professionals Working From Home 

Source: Council for Exceptional Children 

Resources from DEC Collaborate - DEC Community

DEC members are posting resources around topics of interest, and supporting one another using the communication tool, DEC Collaborate - DEC Community. To join, you must be a DEC member. You will use your CEC login information to access DEC Collaborate. If you forgot your username or password, click here or contact member services via phone (888-232-7733) or email service@cec.sped.org

Format: Membership & Networking

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, Related Services, Families, Professionals Working From Home 

Source: Division for Early Childhood 

Recordings (Interviews/Podcasts)
Ways We Can Guide Children of Different Ages through the COVID-19 Pandemic 

In this short interview, Dr. Tina Payne Bryson talks about ways we can guide children of different ages through the Covid-19 pandemic. Access the recording here.

Format: Recordings (Interviews and Podcasts)

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, Families

Source: Interview with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, The Innovation Show  

Stories for Children
My Hero is You 

This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG). The project was supported by global, regional and country based experts from Member Agencies of the IASC MHPSS RG, in addition to parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. A global survey was distributed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak. A framework of topics to be addressed through the story was developed using the survey results. The book was shared through storytelling to children in several countries affected by COVID-19. Feedback from children, parents and caregivers was then used to review and update the story.  Read the story here.

Format: Stories for Children

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, Families

Source: Interagency Standing Committee 

Tucker Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think at Home - Social Emotional Regulation  

New #PyramidModel Resource for Emotional Regulation at home.

"Tucker Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think at Home." Read the story here.

Format: Stories for Children

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, Families

Source: National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)  

Why Is My School Closed?

Talk with Children About COVID-19 Using Social Stories. Read the story here.

Format: Stories for Children

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, Families

Source: Program-Wide Positive Behavior Support Project at University of South Florida 

Why Can't I go to School?/¿Por que no puedo ir a la escuela? 

A self-guided story for parents to use to discuss staying home with their children. 

 

Read the story in English here.

Read the story in Spanish here.

Format: Stories for Children

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, Families

Source Credit: NCPMI, Kerrie Fanning, They Playing Field, Reach Dane 

Webinars
Assessing and Addressing the Needs of Young Children with Disabilities through Telecommunication

The essential practices in early intervention for children birth to five years can happen through actual conversation, even conversations that are held virtually. In this webinar, Robin McWilliam, Ph.D. and Cami Stevenson discuss how we can find out who’s in the family’s ecology, what the child and family needs are, develop participation-based child goals and family goals, construct a routines-by-goals matrix, and provide support-based visits—all done remotely. Learn more here.

Format: Webinars

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Families 

Source: Division for Early Childhood in Collaboration with the Council for Exceptional Children
 

DEC Learning Deck Webinars

Family members of young children with disabilities (ages 0-8) can access any of DEC's 50+ archived webinar recordings for free during the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more here.

Format: Webinars

Relevant for: Families 

Source: Division for Early Childhood
 

Mindfulness for Children of All Abilities to Keep Connections Strong in Early Childhood Programs 

Now more than ever, it is critical to keep connections strong. During this webinar, Kristie Pretti-Frontczak explores how all caregivers (parents, teachers, therapists) can embed mindfulness into their daily routines and activities to meet the needs of children, including those who are on IEPs and/or who may struggle with self-regulation skills (e.g., attention, interaction, recall). Access the webinar here.

Format: Webinar

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention,  Families

Source: Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Pre-K Teach & Play ​ 

Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

This module from the IRIS Center offers parents information on how to support their children's learning at home. Access the module here here.

Format: Webinar

Relevant for: Families

Source: The IRIS Center Peabody College Vanderbilt University 

Routines-Based Intervention and Telepractice 
"Yes you can! Routines-Based Early Childhood Intervention and Telepractice with Robin McWilliam and Cami Stevenson" presented by Early Childhood Intervention Australia. Access the webinar here.

Format: Webinar

Relevant for: Early Intervention, Families

Source: Early Childhood Intervention Australia 

Stress Detectives and Safe Harbors: Helping Children Feel Secure 

This webinar provides faculty and instructors with ideas and supports for online teaching. Includes content resources, options for ways to use technology (e.g., to hold large and small group discussions), alternatives to classroom observations, and possibilities for alternatives to assignments. The handout, PowerPoints, and webinar recording were developed by SCRIPT-NC and are freely accessed. Access the webinar here.

Format: Webinar

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention,  Families 

Source: Division for Early Childhood in Collaboration with the Council for Exceptional Children 
 

Shifting Blackboards: Supports for Emergency Online Teaching, Adjusting Assignments, and Rethinking Field Experiences

During this webinar, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak will draw upon attachment science and explore how it is critical that we take action to ensure all children feel safe, seen, soothed, and have secure attachments. We’ll also explore the idea of being a "stress detective” and how to navigate challenges that allow us to reimagine early care and educational practices that emphasize relationships and wholeness, especially for children with diverse abilities and their families. Following the webinar you’ll have tons of practical strategies for creating “safe harbors” and tools for helping children (and the adults who serve them) manage energy and tensions (aka self-regulate). Access the webinar here.

Format: Webinar

Relevant for: Professionals Working from Home 

Source: SCRIPT-NC, Supporting Change and Reform in Preservice Teaching in North Carolina
 

Understanding Young Children's Development 

Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois offers an open access course for understanding child development. Access the webinar here.

Format: Webinar

Relevant for: Childcare, Early Intervention, Families

Source: Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois 

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