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The 2005 OSEP National Early Childhood Conference

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Concurrent Session - Round 4

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005

2 : 15 PM - 3 : 45 PM

"What About Dads?"

Joseph Anderson, John Hoffman

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Participants engage in a dialogue with two fathers about their unique perspectives on what Early Intervention has meant for their families -- their rewards, challenges and hopes for the system, home and community. Participants will also have an opportunity to talk about the cultural aspects of recognizing the importance of fathers and their roles within the family structure.

Do I Look Stressed? The Impact of Stress and Trauma in Early Childhood

Neal Horen, Erin Kinavey

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The session will focus on the impact of trauma and stress on children birth to five. Clinical examples will be used to highlight early signs and symptoms in infants, toddlers and preschool age children and the experiences of families and other caregivers. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss implications for strengthening service systems.

Enrolling Young Children Who Have Been Maltreated into Part C

Corry Robinson, Steven Rosenberg

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This presentation will describe findings about rates of developmental problems among children under the age of three who have been maltreated. Strategies for promoting collaboration between child welfare and Part C agencies will be presented. In addition, the service needs of families in which maltreatment is a problem, and interventions that address their needs will be discussed.

From Relationships to Competencies for Early Childhood and Family Mental Health

Brenda Bean, Manuela Fonseca, Karen Mikkelsen, Sherry Schoenberg

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Participants will explore the topic of early childhood and family mental health. The history, journey, and current status of the partnership project will be summarized. Competencies in the six project areas will be shared. A small group planning process focused on competency assessment and integration will conclude the session.

How to Make Data Sharing Across Agencies Effective . and Legal

Beverly Peeples, Kala Suprenant, Charity Welch, Linda Whitsett

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Participants will receive information on (a) lessons learned about data sharing across Parts B/C including HIPAA and FERPA requirements, (b) good practices needed to effectively share data and to ensure a seamless transition from C to B, and (c) specific strategies states have used in sharing data. There will be an opportunity for questions, answers and dialog.

Making Progress on Measuring Progress: Measuring Child Outcomes

Kathleen Hebbeler, Barb Jackson, Lynne Kahn, Beppie Shapiro

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The session will present updates and highlights of strategies for addressing several of the challenges facing state Part C and Preschool programs in measuring child outcomes. Two states will share their learnings from early childhood GSEG project efforts. There will be ample opportunity for participant discussion.

Making Sense Out of Divergent Bodies of Evidence

Carl Dunst, Carol Trivette

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Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE) activities will be described to illustrate how investigators are collecting research evidence, developing practice guides, and designing studies to improve child find, early identification and referral practices by Part C and Section 619 programs. Particular emphasis will be placed on findings from research as well as intervention studies completed by the TRACE staff.

Taking Your Seat at the State Early Childhood Comprehensive System (SECCS) Table

Ron Benham, Lorraine Brown

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Presenters will provide a brief overview of the State Early Childhood Comprehensive System (SECCS) grants that seek to ensure all children from birth to 5 are healthy and ready to learn at school entry. Attendees will be invited to participate in a conversation aimed to strengthen Part C and Section 619 involvement and ensure that the needs of children with disabilities and their families are included in SECCS planning and implementation activities. Child and family outcomes, resource sharing, program evaluation and sustainability of effective evidence based practices will also be discussed.

Transition to Preschool: National Survey Findings and Implications for State Policy

Katherine McCormick, Teri Nowak, Beth Rous

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A national survey of public preschool teachers yielded findings on transition practices that support transition to public preschool services. Specific information on barriers and facilitators to preschool transitions and implications for local and state policy will be discussed.

Use of the NCSEAM Part C and 619 Parent Surveys to Address the Birth through 5 SPP Parent/Family Indicators

Batya Elbaum

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Both the NCSEAM Part C Family Survey and a first version of the 619 Parent Survey are ready for states' use in 2006. The 619 survey combines appropriate and validated items from the National Item Validation Study. The two surveys provide an integrated measurement system addressing the birth through 5 parent/family indicators.

Working Together on Training Curriculum: Enhancing Services in Natural Environments

Mona East, Barbara Hanft, Deborah Hatton, Joicey Hurth, Grace Kelley, Debra Metzger, Lynda Pletcher, Nora Thompson

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A sub-group of the Part C Settings Community of Practice is exploring available curricula content to enhance services in natural environments-- including teaming, coaching, writing functional IFSP outcomes and delivery of effective family centered services. Experiences in developing training curricula for state-wide use will be shared. This session will begin work to produce an outline of training content and resources that may be used by multiple states.

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