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UPDATE! ADDITIONAL SPACE OPENED! Upcoming Joint Part C/Part B Early Intervention convening with CT Leaders in the field of ASD.

UPDATE: Due to an enthusiastic response for the ASD session described below, we have increased the capacity of slots to attend on June 8th. If you have previous tried to register and were told the convening was closed, you are in luck!

Here is the registration link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocumgrD0sH9M9oRzyQFYRQwZE7u6v4ZWj

ORIGINAL POST: Please join Alice Ridgway, Part C Coordinator, Nicole Cossette, Assistant Part C Coordinator and Dr. Andrea Brinnel, SDE IDEA 619 Part B Manager in welcoming Dr. Ann Milanese, Dr. Marianne Barton, and Dr. Christine Peck to discuss challenges and advances around providing supports to children and families, especially as they transition from Birth to Three to preK special education.

·       How are early diagnosis and intensive supports changing children’s developmental trajectories? What are the implications?

·       Is an ASD diagnosis the most accurate diagnosis for some children?

·       How can we best support relationships as families embark on their child’s educational journey and in the community?

·       How can we support families and professionals to develop collaborative relationships as models of support changes

When: Jun 8, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocumgrD0sH9M9oRzyQFYRQwZE7u6v4ZWj

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Early Intervention Over Three

As you may have heard, there has been an executive order that now allows parents of young children who turn 3 on or after May 1st to choose to have their child continue to receive early intervention services through Birth to Three until the beginning of the school year.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THIS SUMMER:

Although moving forward this option will be available for children with birthdays on or after May 1st, the executive order was not effective until this week.  As a result for this summer only, children who turn 3 on or after May 21st are eligible for early intervening services over three.

Please have all staff who are involved in the B23 to PreK special education transition process review the training video.

Also, access the supporting documents which are available at  https://www.birth23.org/providers/provider-resources/procedures/ (located under the heading  NEW!  Interim Exit-Transition (EIS Over 3), Overview Video, Flowchart). 

If there are any questions please email them to Andrea Brinnel at andrea.brinnel@ct.gov .  All questions will be added to the FAQs which will be available soon on both the SDE and B23 website.

UPDATE! ADDITIONAL SPACE OPENED! Upcoming Joint Part C/Part B Early Intervention convening with CT Leaders in the field of ASD.

June 8, 2021 from 12-1:30

UPDATE: Due to an enthusiastic response for the ASD session described below, we have increased the capacity of slots to attend on June 8th. If you have previous tried to register and were told the convening was closed, you are in luck!

Here is the registration link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocumgrD0sH9M9oRzyQFYRQwZE7u6v4ZWj

ORIGINAL POST: Please join Alice Ridgway, Part C Coordinator, Nicole Cossette, Assistant Part C Coordinator and Dr. Andrea Brinnel, SDE IDEA 619 Part B Manager in welcoming Dr. Ann Milanese, Dr. Marianne Barton, and Dr. Christine Peck to discuss challenges and advances around providing supports to children and families, especially as they transition from Birth to Three to preK special education.

·       How are early diagnosis and intensive supports changing children’s developmental trajectories? What are the implications?

·       Is an ASD diagnosis the most accurate diagnosis for some children?

·       How can we best support relationships as families embark on their child’s educational journey and in the community?

·       How can we support families and professionals to develop collaborative relationships as models of support changes

When: Jun 8, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocumgrD0sH9M9oRzyQFYRQwZE7u6v4ZWj

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Early Intervention Services Over Three – High Importance!

As you may have heard, there has been an executive order that allows young children with 3rd birthdays on or after May 1st  to continue to  receive early intervention services through Birth to Three until the beginning of the school year IF THEIR FAMILY CHOOSES. 

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THIS SUMMER:

Although moving forward this option will be available for children with birthdays on or after May 1st, the executive order was not effective until May 20, 2021.  As a result for this summer only, children with 3rd birthdays after May 20th are eligible for this option.

Please have all staff involved in the transitions from B23 to PreK special education review the Interim Exit Transition Procedures (EIS Over 3)   and three related forms (5.5) posted on the Birth to Three website.  If there are any questions please email them to Andrea Brinnel at andrea.brinnel@ct.gov .  All questions will be added to the FAQs that will be posted soon.  Additionally, there will be an EI Over 3 training video that will be posted shortly.  A link to the video will be sent out as soon as it is available.

Please know that there has been no change to the LEA responsibility to offer FAPE at 3 and that this option is available only to children who are found eligible for IDEA Part B and have birthdays on or after May 1st (May 21 this year only). The family is able to make an informed choice when they have both an IFSP and the IEP to consider.  If a child meets the criteria for ESY the LEA must develop an IEP for ESY and the family may choose this option.  Neither Part B nor Part C should exert influence over the family’s choice but should provide all the information necessary for the parent to make an informed decision.  The Birth to Three provider, with parental permission, will provide the LEA with a copy of the completed EIS Over 3 Consent form.

Thank you for making sure that your staff is aware of this new option.

Related Services Communities of Practice for May-June 2021

The CSDE in partnership with the RESC Alliance continues to sponsor Communities of Practice (CoP) for School Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Behavior Analysists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Teachers of the Deaf, and Assistive Technology Specialists. Please see the flyer below for important information regarding meeting dates, times and CoP contacts.

CASP Call for Nominations for School Psychologist of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award

The Connecticut Association of School Psychologists is calling for nominations for School Psychologist of the Year as well as the Distinguished Service Award. Please see the following information for each honor as well as the nomination letter.

Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes those unique individuals who deserve special attention by virtue of their broad and significant contributions to the welfare of children and the field of school psychology in a number of areas: professional practice, research, state-regional-national leadership, training and supervision, community service, legislation, etc. …or to someone whose unique contribution in serving children is so outstanding that it alone warrants an award.

School Psychologist of the Year

Considerations: CT certification, length of practice, CASP membership, nature and scope of school psychological services, innovation and creativity of direct service, special projects, research efforts, professional development, legislative involvement, field supervision, and efforts toward bettering public relations and/or community involvement.

Submissions and nominations should be accompanied with two letters of reference and a copy of the nominee’s resume. Nominations are due by Friday, May 14, 2021.

Please Submit Nominations to:

Jessica Patras

86 Stancliff Road

Glastonbury, CT 06033

(C) 860-874-8433

CASPawardscommittee@gmail.com

patras.jm@easthartford.org