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Issue #27. March-April 2012

Dear Friends:

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The CICC Inclusion Institute conference committee has been planning the June 23 event for several months and we have a wonderful line up of workshops and presenters for the day.  I hope you will mark your calendar and plan to attend this summer. 


Cindy Croft
Executive Director

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Two New Booklets from the CICC

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If you haven’t heard by now, we have two new booklets available for purchase at our marketplace that should be assets to early educators and child care provides. 

Inclusion: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: This booklet is a compilation of commonly asked questions about inclusion, laws, specific disabilities, children’s development, and behavior. It is intended to be a guide for anyone working with young children who has had questions from time to time about behaviors, regulations, and specific strategies around inclusion.

Practical Tips for Sharing Developmental Concerns with Families: This booklet examines observation, documentation, and strategies for talking with families about a child’s development. This booklet is intended to be a guide for anyone working with young children who has had concerns about developmental outcomes as they have observed children in their programs.

These booklets and other products are available in the Market section of our website. We hope these will be helpful to those working to include all children in community child care settings.

Upcoming Training of Trainer Courses

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Children’s Development: What to Expect and When to Be Concerned
2012 April 2–17, Chats on Mondays April 2, 9, 16 @ 8:00–8:45 PM CST
This Training of Trainer course is based on the training curriculum Children and Challenging Behavior: Making Inclusion Work, an evidence-based, peer-reviewed narrative training manual with accompanying training activities designed for each workshop (two volume set). For more information, visit

New Treatment Section Added to Autism Video Glossary

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Autism Speaks, in collaboration with First Signs and Florida State University’s Autism Institute, recently added a new treatment section to its online Autism Video Glossary. The glossary is a free web-based tool that contains over 100 video clips illustrating the subtle differences in behaviors that are typical in contrast with those that are red flags for ASD. The new treatment section includes five categories: behavioral interventions, developmental interventions, structured teaching and supports, clinical therapies, and toddler treatment models. To learn more, go to

New Additions to the CICC Website

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A new self-study titled Childhood Overweight and Obesity: The Impact and Implications has been added to the CICC website. This free self-study course offers an in-depth look at the physical, psychological, and social effects of overweight and obesity in children and youth. Also, it discusses factors that contribute to overweight and obesity as well as highlighting prevention techniques.

A new info module titled Superhero Play. Do we Embrace it or Ban it? has been added to the CICC website. This short, free info module provides an overview of the benefits or superhero play as well as implementation.

To access these new additions, visit the eLearning section of the CICC website.

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