June 14, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. New Video to Improve Early Recognition of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Very Young Children
      Source: Kennedy Krieger Institute and American Academy of Pediatrics - June 11, 2013
  2. Leading for Early Success: Building School Principals' Capacity to Lead High-Quality Early Education
      Source: National Governors Association - June 4, 2013
  3. Three New "Backpack Connection" Resources for Teachers and Families to Help Young Children Develop Social Emotional Skills
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - June 13, 2013

1. New Video to Improve Early Recognition of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Very Young Children

Source: Kennedy Krieger Institute and American Academy of Pediatrics - June 11, 2013

The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have published a free online video to improve the recognition of the early signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) among pediatricians, parents and early intervention providers. Bringing the Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders Into Focus (2013, runtime 9:03 minutes) consists of six video clips that compare toddlers with no signs of ASD to toddlers with early signs of ASD and includes an explanation of how the specific behaviors exhibited by each child are either suggestive of ASD or typical child development. Learn more about the video here.

2. Leading for Early Success: Building School Principals' Capacity to Lead High-Quality Early Education

Source: National Governors Association - June 4, 2013

According to a new paper by the National Governors Association (NGA), effective school leadership and access to high-quality early education are two of the most important determinants of educational outcomes. Leading for Early Success: Building School Principals' Capacity to Lead High-Quality Early Education (2013) makes the case for why governors should build elementary school principals' capacity to promote high-quality early education and outlines specific state policy strategies to accomplish this goal. It includes a case study highlighting how Illinois is including early learning content in the principal preparation process.

3. Three New "Backpack Connection" Resources for Teachers and Families to Help Young Children Develop Social Emotional Skills

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - June 13, 2013

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) recently added several new items to its Backpack Connection Series. The first two are in the "Addressing Behaviors" section of the series and the third one is in the "Routines and Schedules section.

The Backpack Connection Series provides a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Teachers can send a handout home in each child's backpack when a new strategy or skill is introduced to the class. Each handout provides information to help parents stay informed about what their child is learning at school and specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home.