August 12, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Observation Toolkit for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants
      Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - Retrieved August 12, 2011
  2. Influences of Family-Systems Intervention Practices on Parent-Child Interactions and Child Development
      Source: Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute - August 10, 2011
  3. Parents' Decisions about Newborn Screening for Fragile X Syndrome
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - August 8, 2011
  4. State Performance Plan Process and Indicators: A Policy Forum
      Source: Project Forum - Retrieved August 8, 2011
  5. Who Are America's Poor Children? Examining Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved August 8, 2011

1. Observation Toolkit for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants

Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - Retrieved August 12, 2011

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC) has developed a toolkit for mental health consultants working with teachers in infant/toddler and preschool classrooms. The toolkit incorporates many of the strategies for promoting social emotional development in young children found in the Teaching Pyramid model that was developed and disseminated through the Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the Technical Assistance Center for Social Emotional Interventions (TACSEI). It is available online at http://www.ecmhc.org/observation_toolkit.html

2. Influences of Family-Systems Intervention Practices on Parent-Child Interactions and Child Development

Source: Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute - August 10, 2011

The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute recently announced that Influences of Family-Systems Intervention Practices on Parent-Child Interactions and Child Development, by Drs. Carol M. Trivette, Carl J. Dunst and Deborah W. Hamby, was the most downloaded article published in Topics in Early Childhood Special Education in 2009-2010. To celebrate, Sage has made the article freely available to the public at http://tec.sagepub.com/content/30/1/3.full.pdf+html?ijkey=tmAzuxTTzKuhY&keytype=ref&siteid=sptec&utm_source=eNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1J22

3. Parents' Decisions about Newborn Screening for Fragile X Syndrome

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - August 8, 2011

Findings from a pilot study on parents' reactions to an invitation for their newborns to be screened for Fragile X Syndrome were published in a recent issue of Pediatrics. A summary of the study, led by FPG Child Development Institute Senior Scientist, Debra Skinner, is now available in FPG Snapshot #63, Parents' Decisions about Newborn Screening for Fragile X Syndrome (August 2011), at http://projects.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/FPG-Snapshot-63.pdf .

Full article citation: Skinner, D., Choudhury, S., Sideris, J., Guarda, S., Buansi, A., Roche, M., Bailey, D. B., Jr. (2011). Parents' decisions to screen newborns for FMR1 gene expansions in a pilot research project. Pediatrics, 127, e1455-e1463.

For more information about the Fragile X Newborn Screening Study, go to http://projects.fpg.unc.edu/~fxnewborn/

4. State Performance Plan Process and Indicators: A Policy Forum

Source: Project Forum - Retrieved August 8, 2011

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education has published the proceedings from a policy forum held May 11-13, 2011, to provide input to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) accountability reporting system known as the State Performance Plan/ Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) process. Participants discussed the benefits and challenges of the SPP/APR requirements and made recommendations for improvement. No attempt was made to develop consensus recommendations and all input was accepted and documented. State Performance Plan Process and Indicators: A Policy Forum (July 2011) is available online at http://projectforum.org/docs/StatePerformancePlanProcessandIndicators.pdf

5. Who Are America's Poor Children? Examining Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved August 8, 2011

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new report, entitled Who Are America's Poor Children? Examining Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity (July 2011), by David Seith and Courtney Kalof. This report looks at health disparities among poor children by race and ethnicity across the following six domains: family composition and poverty, food insecurity, environmental conditions, health insurance coverage, access to healthcare services, and health outcomes. It is available online at http://nccp.org/publications/pub_1032.html