September 19, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. New Autism Projects Announced
      Source: National Institute of Mental Health - September 10, 2014
  2. Innovation in Action Video Series
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved September 12, 2014
  3. Five Videos for Practicing Observation, Documentation and Assessment Skills
      Source: Results Matter - September 18, 2014

1. New Autism Projects Announced

Source: National Institute of Mental Health - September 10, 2014

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently awarded grants for 12 new Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) projects aimed at improving access to and timeliness of interventions. Research suggests that early and intensive interventions for ASD can reduce language and behavioral challenges, but early screening and referral to treatment is not routinely provided in pediatric settings. Five of the new projects target infants from birth to 2 years of age. These projects are intended to test strategies for universal screening coupled with referral to and engagement in services when indicated in order to determine how to achieve earlier intervention for young children with ASD. They will also address issues of coordination among different settings, such as primary care, social services, the education system, disability programs, ASD specialty care, and public and private health care funding. The NIMH press release includes highlights about each of the funded projects.

2. Innovation in Action Video Series

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved September 12, 2014

Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) is an initiative of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University that brings together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, philanthropists, and experts in systems change from across North America to improve outcomes for young children whose needs are not currently being met. FOI's work is guided by the theory that we must build the capabilities of adult caregivers in order to achieve significant outcomes for children. FOI is publishing a series of Innovation in Action videos that showcase innovative ideas for achieving breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity through the voices of people who are part of FOI.

3. Five Videos for Practicing Observation, Documentation and Assessment Skills

Source: Results Matter - September 18, 2014

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, recently posted five new videos in their Video Library. They were produced to be used in professional development activities to provide early care and education providers opportunities to practice observation, documentation, and assessment skills. These clips can be viewed online or downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities from the Clips for Practicing Observation, Documentation and Assessment Skills section of the library.

  • Building with Legos (Runtime: 5:04) - Gavin, Aiden, and Emiliano demonstrate a number of fine and gross motor, imaginative, communication, problem-solving, self-regulation, and persistence skills while building with Legos.
  • Joseph Reading The Three Little Pigs (Runtime: 2:10) - While reading a book with his teacher, Joseph illustrates a variety of communication and literacy-related skills.
  • The Three Little Pigs (Runtime: 5:44) A group of preschool children re-enact the story of The Three Little Pigs, reflecting on the book that they have been reading in class.
  • Katie Painting at the Easel (Runtime: 6:26) - While painting at the easel, Katie demonstrates a number of communication/language, fine and gross motor, and imaginative skills.
  • Michael Builds a Castle (Runtime: 6:08) - While building with blocks, Michael demonstrates a number of fine and gross motor, imaginative, problem-solving, self-regulation, and persistence skills.