April 8, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. A Systematic Review of Early Intensive Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders
      Source: Pediatrics - April 4, 2011
  2. Proposed Regulations to Clarify and Update the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
      Source: U.S. Department of Education and Data Quality Campaign - April 8, 2011
  3. CONNECT Module on Early Childhood Transitions - Now Available in Spanish
      Source: CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge - Retrieved April 1, 2011
  4. New CELLreview: Tactile and Object Exploration Among Young Children with Visual Impairments
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - Retrieved April 8, 2011
  5. Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and Migrant Programs for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - April 5, 2011

1. A Systematic Review of Early Intensive Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: Pediatrics - April 4, 2011

On April 4, 2011, Pediatrics published an article in which researchers examined the evidence on early intensive behavioral interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorders. The authors found that although studies of these approaches have shown some improvements in cognitive performance, language skills, and adaptive behavior skills, there is very little good quality research that supports those benefits. They conclude that early intensive intervention approaches have significant potential, but need further research to determine which are most likely to benefit specific children. An abstract of the article is available online at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/04/04/peds.2011-0426.abstract

Full citation: Warren, Z., McPheeters, M. L., Sathe, N., Foss-Feig, J. H., Glasser, A., & Veenstra-VanderWeele, J. (2011). A systematic review of early intensive intervention for autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics, published online April 4, 2011. doi:10.1542/peds.2011-0426

2. Proposed Regulations to Clarify and Update the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Source: U.S. Department of Education and Data Quality Campaign - April 8, 2011

On April 8, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a notice of proposed rulemaking to clarify and update the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA protects the privacy of education records, while allowing for the effective use of data in statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS). The public comment period for the proposed regulations will close on May 23, 2011. To learn more, go to https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/04/08/2011-8205/family-educational-rights-and-privacy

On a related note, the Data Quality Campaign will host a webinar featuring FERPA legal expert, Steve Winnick, to offer an initial analysis of the proposed regulations, including the extent to which they provide clarity to states to both use data for continuous improvement and protect the privacy, security, and confidentiality of student-level data. To learn more, go to http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/events/details/288

3. CONNECT Module on Early Childhood Transitions - Now Available in Spanish

Source: CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge - Retrieved April 1, 2011

CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge recently released a Spanish version of its Module on Early Childhood Transition. This module focuses on practices to help support children and families as they transition among programs in the early care and education system. To access CONNECT Module 2 - Spanish Version, go to http://plone.fpg.unc.edu/connect-modules/esp/learners/module-2

CONNECT Modules are free, online, and designed using an evidence-based approach to professional development. Resources include video clips, activities, and handouts. The modules focus on teaching and intervening effectively with young children in a variety of early learning environments and inclusive settings and are designed to be embedded into existing professional development curricula. Current Modules and resources are available on Embedded Interventions, Transition, Communication for Collaboration, and Family Professional Partnership.

4. New CELLreview: Tactile and Object Exploration Among Young Children with Visual Impairments

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - Retrieved April 8, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning has published the following new CELLreview: Tactile and Object Exploration Among Young Children with Visual Impairments. This research synthesis investigates the variations in object and surface features that may be examined as precursors of Braille readiness. The CELLreview is available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/cellreviews/cellreviews_v4_n2.pdf

5. Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and Migrant Programs for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - April 5, 2011

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families recently published the following grant notice: Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and Migrant Programs for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs. The primary purpose of this funding opportunity is to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of abuse or neglect within the Tribal and Migrant populations. The closing date for applications is July 5, 2011. To see the full grant announcement, go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2011-ACF-ACYF-CA-0147