September 16, 2016

In this Issue:

  1. Zika Virus Disease Cases - 50 States and the District of Columbia
      Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 65, Early Release (September 13, 2016)
  2. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online
      Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention - September 2016, 38(3)
  3. FIT FOCUS Video Library Launched!
      Source: New Mexico Family Infant Toddler Program - September 13, 2016
  4. Supporting Young Children: Addressing Poverty, Promoting Opportunity and Advancing Equity in Policy
      Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy - September 15, 2016

1. Zika Virus Disease Cases - 50 States and the District of Columbia

Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 65, Early Release (September 13, 2016)

Zika virus infection during pregnancy can lead to adverse birth outcomes such as microcephaly, defects of the eye, hearing deficits, and impaired growth. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika Virus Disease Cases - 50 States and the District of Columbia, January 1-July 31, 2016 finds that as of September 3, 2016, a total of 2,382 confirmed or probable cases of Zika virus disease during January 1-July 31, 2016 were reported from 48 of 50 states and the District of Columbia. Most cases were travel-associated.

Resources about Zika Virus for families and for healthcare providers can be found on CDC's Zika website. Health care providers are encouraged to educate patients, especially pregnant women, about avoiding infection with Zika virus, and all pregnant women should be assessed for possible Zika virus exposure at each prenatal visit.

2. Journal of Early Intervention Abstracts Available Online

Source: DEC's Journal of Early Intervention - September 2016, 38(3)

Abstracts of the following articles are now available online at http://jei.sagepub.com/content/38/3

A Brief Coaching Intervention for Teaching Naturalistic Strategies to Parents

Justin D. Lane, Jennifer R. Ledford, Collin Shepley, Theologia K. Mataras, Kevin M. Ayres, and Alicia B. Davis

Early Intervention for Children With Hearing Loss: Information Parents Receive About Supporting Children's Language

Kalli B. Decker and Claire D. Vallotton

Effects of a Teacher Versus iPad-Facilitated Intervention on the Vocabulary of At-Risk Preschool Children

Lindsay R. Dennis, Kelly Whalon, Lisa Kraut, and Deborah Herron

The Journal of Early Intervention (JEI) is an official publication of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children and SAGE Publications. It offers articles related to research and practice in early intervention for infants and young children with special needs and their families. Freely available Podcasts of interviews with JEI authors can be accessed online.

3. FIT FOCUS Video Library Launched!

Source: New Mexico Family Infant Toddler Program - September 13, 2016

The New Mexico Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program and the Early Childhood Learning Network of the University of New Mexico's Center for Development and Disability have launched a new FIT FOCUS Video Library to provide illustrations of evidence-based and recommended early intervention practices in New Mexico. The first video Using Video to Enhance Family Support and Reflective Practice was just posted. In this video an early intervention practitioner discusses how she used video to enhance her services and reflect on her practices. The library will be adding new videos in the coming months.

4. Supporting Young Children: Addressing Poverty, Promoting Opportunity and Advancing Equity in Policy

Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy - September 15, 2016

A new policy report, Supporting Young Children: Addressing Poverty, Promoting Opportunity and Advancing Equity in Policy (September 2016), discusses the effects of poverty on the health, learning, and social emotional development of young children. The authors discuss key issues to consider for preventing and mitigating the consequences of poverty. Some of these include, building opportunities for families to improve their own economic stability and building strong systems of supports and services that promote quality, coordinated, equity-focused and responsive services across sectors. See this related Poverty in Early Childhood Fact Sheet (September 2016).