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CICC E-News, Issue #13.   November - December 2009

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Announcing Two New Podcasts

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The CICC has two new podcasts coming out in December. To find our podcasts, go to and click on the podcast tab at the top of the page. We are discussing aggression in young children with these topics:
Challenging Behavior: Aggression:

Visit the CICC podcast page. Listen to current episodes, download the mp3 or subscribe via iTunes or other podcast services, that way your iPhone, iTouch, smartphone, or mp3 player will automatically update with new episodes as they are released.

Feature in Impact Published by Institute on Community Integration

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The Center for Inclusive Child Care is featured in the current issue of Impact: Feature Issue on Early Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities, published by the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. In this new publication, researchers and practitioners discuss strategies for identifying and providing quality, inclusive programs; staff from inclusive early childhood programs around the country describe their approaches; and parents reflect on their experiences with early childhood education and inclusion for their children. This Impact issue is published online at and in print. To receive a free print copy call the Institute’s Publications Office at 612-624-4512, or e-mail

New Developmental Video Clips

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New developmental video clips entitled Watch What I Can Do are available free of charge and are useful for helping parents and providers observe typical developmental patterns at ages birth to 5.

New FPG Snapshot: Developing Structured Work Systems for Students with ASD

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Source: FPG Child Development Institute—November 18, 2009

For students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), activities such as transitioning from one location to the next, organizing their learning materials, and completing assigned activities, can be very challenging. This Snapshot summarizes the findings of researchers, who studied structured work systems as one effective approach educators can use to address the unique learning styles and challenges experienced by students with ASD. It is available at

New Resource on CICC Website

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Growing Up with Spina Bifida: What We Have Learned

This report summarizes the major findings of the spina bifida research study, “Quality of Life and Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spina Bifida”. The study was a five-year study to document secondary conditions among children, adolescents and young adults with spina bifida and their families, to examine social, psychological, and environmental factors mediating such consequences, and to identify resilience factors which could prevent the impact of spina bifida and promote quality of life. This information covers important steps needed to be taken in early childhood to ensure positive outcomes. This report can be used in the education of early childhood providers working with children who have spina bifida and their families. This report is available in both English and Spanish.

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Training of Trainer Course Schedule for 2010

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Online Training of Trainer courses provide professionals with engaging learning opportunities across various topics for a fraction of the cost of traveling, hotels, and other conference costs. Gain valuable training skills and content, which you can turn around and present in your own workshops. Course content has already been approved through the Minnesota Center for Professional Development. CEUs are also available with each course at an additional fee. Check course dates below or go to

Funding for these grant activities is made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. The source of the funds are from federal award, Grants to States – Special Education, Preschool grants, CFDA 84.173A of P.L. 108-466 IDEA and amendment thereto.”