Call for Participants: Seeking Caregivers to Participate in Research

In order to learn more about caregiver-child interactions during everyday activities and routines, Clarissa Wade, a doctoral student at George Mason University, is seeking caregivers to participate in a research study in the comfort of their home. Here are some details: Who: We need caregivers currently interacting with children ages 0-8 who have an identified disability, social emotional delay and/or who exhibit challenging behavior. Caregivers may include parents, family members, or legal guardians. What: Research activities will include the following. Recording 10-20 minute interactions with your child during typical routines and activities throughout the day using an iPhone, iPad, or oth

Call for Participants: Classroom AAC Intervention

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (PI: Emily Quinn, Ph.D, CCC-SLP) are working to create an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) intervention for young children that can be implemented effectively in authentic classroom settings. In order to inform development of the intervention we are seeking early childhood educators to participate in classroom observations and/or our intervention pilot project. Here are some details: Who: We need educators working in classrooms of any type with children aged 3-7 years and have at least one student who uses AAC supports of any type. What: Classroom observations (one 2-3 hour observation of in-person class activities) and/or par

NEW Guidelines for Translating and Adapting DEC Materials

Guidelines for Translating and Adapting DEC Materials is developed under strategic collaboration between the DEC International Committee and the DEC Executive Office. Guidelines combine technical details, terminology, style, and idiomatic writing.

DEC Executive Board Elections Are Now Open

It's time to elect new members to the DEC Executive Board! As DEC members, voting is your right and responsibility. Now, more than ever, we need strong leadership at DEC. We need leaders ready to support the DEC Priority Issues Agenda.  We need leaders ready to keep DEC moving ever forward towards being an anti-racist professional organization. We need leaders ready to work to support members, subdivisions, and partners seeking solutions to the very real challenges facing our field due to the pandemic.  We need leaders that support advocacy efforts focused on the needs of young children with disabilities and other special needs, their families, and the professionals who serve them. (That's y

Journal of Early Intervention Special Issue: Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now open for the Journal of Early Intervention Special Issue: Early Childhood Education and Intervention is Online: Implementation and Effectiveness of Strategies that Support Remote Delivery of Evidence-Based Practices. Guest Editors: Hedda Meadan, PhD, BCBA-D – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Jay Buzhardt, PhD – University of Kansas, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project Manuscript Submissions are due January 31st, 2021. Although remote delivery of early childhood services is not new, the Coronavirus Pandemic has accelerated the use of these once uncommon methods of delivering services and training. Therefore, we invite manuscripts for this special issue that r

Family Panel Webinar with the DEC Family Committee

The DEC Family Committee held two listening sessions for families in April 2020 to discuss how life has changed in parenting young children with disabilities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The families' thoughts, feelings, and issues were reviewed and shared with DEC collaborating partners. In addition, a summary one-page handout was created. Download the handout here. The listening sessions were a springboard to the DEC Family Committee creating a panel discussion of three parents. It is the wish of the DEC Family Committee and all families of children with disabilities that family voice, experience, and priorities are considered when shaping policy and practice to support famili

2020 DEC Award Winners

Congratulations to the following 2020 DEC Award Winners Lori Arndt - The Rose C. Engel Award for Excellence in Professional Practice Carol Trivette - The Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award Maria Hugh - The J. David Sexton Doctoral Student Award Sarah Tozer - The Kathleen W. McCartan Award Serra Acar - The Merle B. Karnes Award for Service to the Division for Early Childhood Ann Bingham and Laurie Dinnebell - The DEC Award for Mentoring Join us for the virtual ceremony scheduled for 10-20-2020. Watch for more information in the weekly DEC Update.

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