August 29, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Updated AAP Guidelines for Diagnosing Developmental Disabilities
      Source: Pediatrics - August 25, 2014
  2. Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavioral Interventions Update
      Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - Retrieved August 29, 2014
  3. Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation in 2012
      Source: CLASP - August 26, 2014
  4. Five New Free-to-Use Observation and Documentation Practice Videos
      Source: Results Matter - August 28, 2014
  5. Comment Requests from the U.S. Department of Education on Part C of the IDEA
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - August 26, 2014
  6. Office of Head Start Memorandum on Bus Transportation and Safety
      Source: Office of Head Start - August 25, 2014

1. Updated AAP Guidelines for Diagnosing Developmental Disabilities

Source: Pediatrics - August 25, 2014

On Monday, August 25, 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated guidelines for diagnosing intellectual disabilities or global developmental delays in children. The report, Comprehensive Evaluation of the Child With Intellectual Disability or Global Developmental Delays (August 2014), discusses the importance of using recent advances in genetic testing, metabolic testing, and other approaches, in order to identify the root cause of a child's disability, whenever possible. A precise diagnosis helps to determine the most appropriate treatment plan and helps families manage expectations, advocate for their child, and obtain services and supports. The report also discusses the responsibility of physicians to connect families with special education and developmental services.

2. Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavioral Interventions Update

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - Retrieved August 29, 2014

A new systematic review, Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavioral Interventions Update (August 2014), finds a growing evidence base suggesting that behavioral interventions - especially early, intensive therapies based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) - can be associated with positive outcomes for children with autism. However, more research is needed to better understand which interventions are most effective for specific children and to isolate elements or components of interventions most associated with effects. The review was produced for the federal government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality by the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center. It is an update to a 2011 report.

3. Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation in 2012

Source: CLASP - August 26, 2014

The following new fact sheets from CLASP provide information on child care services funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in 2012: Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation in 2012 (August 2014) and Infants and toddlers in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program (August 2014). CCDBG is the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies for low-income working families and to improve child care quality. The fact sheets show that there is great variability in child care assistance programs among states. Some highlights include:

  • The number of children receiving CCDBG-funded child care fell to its lowest levels since 1998. Several states reported decreases of up to 35% in numbers of children served between 2011 and 2012.
  • 28% of children served by CCDBG in 2012 were under age 3, 39% were ages 3 to 5, and 33% were ages 6 to 13.
  • 64% of infants and toddlers in CCDBG live in families with household incomes below the federal poverty level.
  • 65% of infants, 70% of toddlers, and 6% of school-aged children served through CCDBG are cared for in center-based settings.
  • 93% of families receiving CCDBG were working and/or in education or training programs.
  • 63% of CCDBG families paid co-payments for child care, with the mean co-payment amount being 7 percent of a family's income.

4. Five New Free-to-Use Observation and Documentation Practice Videos

Source: Results Matter - August 28, 2014

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, recently posted five new videos in the Results Matter Video Library: On the Playground (Runtime: 4:40), Ian Plays With An iPad (Runtime: 3:46), Ian Playing With Trains (Runtime: 2:40), Ian Pouring (Runtime: 2:16), and Ian's Art Project (Runtime: 3:23). The videos were produced to be used in professional development activities to provide early care and education providers with opportunities to practice observation, documentation, and assessment skills. As with all Results Matter videos, they can be viewed online and downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities. They are posted at the top of the Clips for Practicing Observation, Documentation and Assessment Skills section of the library.

5. Comment Requests from the U.S. Department of Education on Part C of the IDEA

Source: U.S. Department of Education - August 26, 2014

On August 26, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education published the following extensions of existing comment requests in the Federal Register:

6. Office of Head Start Memorandum on Bus Transportation and Safety

Source: Office of Head Start - August 25, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start recently released a memorandum on Bus Transportation and Safety (August 25, 2014), which provides information on ensuring the safety of children being transported to and from early care and education programs by bus. It also discusses the components of an effective transportation safety system and provides additional resources.