May 25, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. Restraint and Seclusion Resource Document Issued by the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 15, 2012
  2. The Brain Science of Early Childhood: Tools to Help You Deliver the Neuroscience Message
      Source: ReadyNation and the Center on the Developing Child - Retrieved May 25, 2012
  3. Assistive Technology Training Programs for Early Intervention Service Providers
      Source: Tots-n-Tech Research Institute - May 25, 2012
  4. Establishing the Pyramid Model as an Evidence-Based Practice: Results from a Randomized Study
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - May 18, 2012

1. Restraint and Seclusion Resource Document Issued by the U.S. Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - May 15, 2012

On May 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education issued Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document, which highlights how schoolwide behavioral interventions can significantly reduce or eliminate the use of restraint or seclusion in preschool, elementary, and secondary schools. The resource is applicable to all children, not just those with disabilities. See also, the related news release.

2. The Brain Science of Early Childhood: Tools to Help You Deliver the Neuroscience Message

Source: ReadyNation and the Center on the Developing Child - Retrieved May 25, 2012

ReadyNation, with help from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, has compiled a variety of tools to help lay speakers present information about research findings on early brain development as a body of evidence for investing in young children. The Brain Science of Early Childhood: Tools to Help You Deliver the Neuroscience Message includes a PowerPoint presentation with embedded (90 second) videos and annotations, which can be delivered by a lay person; five short videos with an accompanying set of talking points; and four one-page briefs that describe different areas of the development of the brain in the first five years of life.

3. Assistive Technology Training Programs for Early Intervention Service Providers

Source: Tots-n-Tech Research Institute - May 25, 2012

The Tots-n-Tech Research Institute has published its May newsletter, entitled Assistive Technology (AT) Training Programs for Early Intervention Service Providers. The newsletter summarizes findings from a recent survey done to find out what kind of assistive technology training programs provided the most useful information to early intervention service providers, what topics were covered in these programs, and the impact on practice that followed the programs.

4. Establishing the Pyramid Model as an Evidence-Based Practice: Results from a Randomized Study

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - May 18, 2012

In a May 18, 2012 webinar, Mary Louise Hemmeter and Lise Fox discussed a recently completed, randomized trial that examined the implementation of the Pyramid Model within public school preschool classrooms in Tennessee and Florida that included children with disabilities. They described the research methods, training and supports provided to teachers, and the outcomes for teachers and children including children with challenging behavior. The discussion focused on issues related to implementation fidelity, coaching, and measuring the outcomes associated with Pyramid Model implementation. The Webinar recording and materials are now available online.