February 11, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Preventing the Use of Restraint and Seclusion with Young Children: The Role of Effective, Positive Practices
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - February 8, 2011
  2. State-level Indicators for Social-emotional Development: Building Better Systems
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 11, 2011
  3. Building the Brain's "Air Traffic Control" System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function
      Source: Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University - February 9, 2011
  4. New Tool for State Leaders on Building Comprehensive Systems for Vulnerable Babies
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved February 11, 2011

1. Preventing the Use of Restraint and Seclusion with Young Children: The Role of Effective, Positive Practices

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - February 8, 2011

In 2009, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released findings of cases in which the use of seclusion and restraint to control the behavior of children with disabilities and/or challenging behavior were abused to the point that children were physically and psychologically injured. Some children even died while being restrained. The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has released a new document that reviews concerns about the use of seclusion and restraint and discusses positive strategies to prevent behaviors that could lead to the use of these invasive and potentially-dangerous practices. Preventing the Use of Restraint and Seclusion with Young Children: The Role of Effective, Positive Practices (February, 2011), by Glen Dunlap, Cheryl Ostryn, & Lise Fox, is available online at http://www.challengingbehavior.org/do/resources/documents/brief_preventing.pdf

2. State-level Indicators for Social-emotional Development: Building Better Systems

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 11, 2011

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has released a new report, entitled State-level Indicators for Social-emotional Development: Building Better Systems (February 2011), by Elizabeth A. Isakson, Leslie Davidson, Louisa Higgins, and Janice L. Cooper. This report addresses the process of creating a system of indicators to track and assess the social-emotional development of young children in a community and examines recent state experiences in this area. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_997.html.

3. Building the Brain's "Air Traffic Control" System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function

Source: Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University - February 9, 2011

Executive functioning skills help us to focus on multiple streams of information at the same time and revise plans as necessary. Acquiring the early building blocks of these skills is an important and challenging task in the early childhood years. A new joint Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs explains how these skills develop, what can disrupt their development, and how supporting them pays off in school and life. Building the Brain's "Air Traffic Control" System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function (February 2011) is available online at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/index.php/resources/reports_and_working_papers/working_papers/wp11/

4. New Tool for State Leaders on Building Comprehensive Systems for Vulnerable Babies

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - Retrieved February 11, 2011

Quality early childhood programs address the full range of child development needs from referral to provision of services such as health and nutrition, family support, and early intervention. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has released a new resource tool, Building Comprehensive Systems for Vulnerable Babies (January 2011) to help state leaders identify: 1) the essential components of state systems to support vulnerable babies and their families, and 2) action steps to design and implement a comprehensive infant/toddler system. It is available online at http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/system_components.pdf