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CICC E-News, Issue #18 August-September 2010

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The CICC is now on Facebook

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October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

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Kick off the start of National Down Syndrome Awareness month by participating in one of the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walks held by the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota. The Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk (formerly Buddy Walk) will be held at the Midway Pavilion at Como Park in St. Paul and at Pioneer Hall (DECC) in Duluth on September 26, 2010. This community-wide event helps promote acceptance of and a better understanding of Down syndrome. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, and classmates together for this amazing day of fun and festivities. Registration is free and due by September 18, 2010. For more information and online registration, follow the link provided.

New Additions to the CICC Learning Center

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The CICC has added five new Spanish language info modules to the CICC website. These info modules are presented entirely in Spanish and cover ADHD (Explorando el Trastorno por Déficit de Atención con Hiperactividad), autism (¿Qué es el Autismo?), nonverbal learning disorder (Trastorno de Aprendizaje No Verbal), sensory preferences part one (Considerando las Preferencias Sensoriales de los Niños, 1er Parte – Un Vistazo), and sensory preferences part two (Considerando las Preferencias Sensoriales de los Niños, 2da Parte – Estrategias).

The CICC online Info Modules short, click-through tutorials are designed to provide an overview on various disability topics. An integrated quiz tests for specific knowledge, and a perfect score is followed with a link to a free certificate of completion good for a .25 clock hour.

Info Modules can be accessed at:

A new self-study will soon be added to the CICC website, Talking with Families When There are Developmental Concerns. This course will examine the early care and education provider’s role in observation and documentation of child development. This course will give you the tools necessary to identify best practice methodologies when talking with families about developmental concerns.

Self-study courses offer an in-depth approach on many topics. They include visual click through units and an MP3 audio version for download or online listening, plus supplemental handouts. Register online and take all courses for free. Pass the optional exam and you can receive a certificate good for one CEU (there is a $25 per CEU processing fee). Expect up to 10 hours for course completion.

Self-Study Courses can be accessed at:

Upcoming Training of Trainers

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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. CEUs are also available with each course at an additional fee. Check out the upcoming courses below.

For the 2011 Training of Trainers schedule, follow the link below.

Practice Guides with Adaptations for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities

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The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published 15 new CELL practice guides with adaptations for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, which show how to adapt early literacy activities so that young children with disabilities can participate. The guides can be used by practitioners or parents, or by parents in collaboration with practitioners. They describe everyday home, community, and childcare learning opportunities that encourage early literacy learning. All are available online at .

Two CELL papers on the social validity and readability of the practice guides with adaptations are also now available online at .

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning, July 28, 2010

Reminder to CICC Certified Trainers in Minnesota

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Go through the trainer approval process from the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MNCPD). The Trainer and Training Approval Process Guide can be found online at .

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.