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Issue #24. September - October 2011

Dear Friends:

The Center for Inclusive Child Care continues to look for new ways to offer professional development and supports to professionals serving children with special needs.  We offer CEUs in a variety of innovative packaging of our resources on the website at  We have recently changed the way a CEU can be earned through our online Info Module feature and hope that this will add to the knowledge and skills of practitioners working with young children.  Please check it out under the “learning center” tab at our website.  We will also be adding a number of new training tool kits to the website which we believe are quality training options for those who deliver workshops to the early childhood and school-age fields.  If you have suggestions for other ways we can serve professional development needs, please contact me at


Cindy Croft
Executive Director

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Autism Seminars for Parents and Providers

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Executive Function: The Mind's Gatekeeper
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 (1 to 3 p.m.)
Fraser at Hennepin Square, Minneapolis 

Learn how Executive Dysfunction impacts planning, flexibility, sequencing, emotional regulation, working memory, organization and self-monitoring. Participants will better understand the development of executive function, its role in daily living and learning, and how it is assessed and supported.  

Prevention: It's All About Environment 
Friday, September 30, 2011 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.)
Fraser Penn, Richfield
This workshop will examine the physical and social environments and their effect on children's behavior. Learn how to prevent and guide children's behavior through hands on activities and practical strategies.

Intervention Strategies for Children with Challenging Behaviors (Part 1)
Friday, October 7, 2011 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.)
Fraser Penn, Richfield 
Part I: Breaking the Code - Measuring Skills for Success
This workshop will provide participants with additional tools to work with children with challenging behaviors. We will examine the skills children need for developing problem solving and conflict resolution. 
Part 2: The Magic of Transitions (10/21/11)
Part 3: Building a Plan that Works (11/4/11) 

Autism Spectrum Disorders 101  
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.)
Fraser Penn, Richfield
This workshop is an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders for professionals and support staff to gain a better understanding of the characteristics of autism, the diagnostic process, and the many intervention opportunities.

Promoting Positive Behaviors: Inclusion Strategies for Children with Autism  
Thursday, October 27, 2011 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.)
Fraser at Hennepin Square, Minneapolis
Participants will learn how to recognize motivations of challenging behaviors and to identify possible strategies to address these behaviors.

Register online, or contact Fraser workshops at 612-767-5158 or  

New Standards for Restrictive Procedures

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New standards for restrictive procedures have been effective since August 1, 2011. To access the complete statute, follow the link below:

Resources to Support the Social Emotional Health of Young Children

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The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation has developed a series of online tutorials, the latest of which is Tutorial 7: Recognizing and Supporting the Social and Emotional Health of Young Children Birth to Age 5 (  Tutorial 7 provides users with a detailed understanding of the behaviors related to social and emotional health in infants and young children. It also includes strategies that adults can use to support these behaviors within every day routines and settings. Information about other tutorials in the series is available at

New Additions to the CICC Website

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The Center for Inclusive Child Care recently added a new Tip Sheet titled Funding Resources to Support the Care of Children with Special Needs. This Tip Sheet outlines a variety of funding opportunities to support the care of children with special needs.

Tip Sheets offer information on a variety of pertinent topics for early childhood and school age care. They can be used for training and consultation or with parents and professionals. They are free and may be reproduced for educational purposes. To access the Tip Sheets, follow the link below.

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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.