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  The Center For Inclusive Child Care Newsletter

CICC E-News, Issue #1. July 2007

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Exciting New Opportunities Happening at the Center for Inclusive Child Care

Minnesota Chosen to Participate in NPDCI Project

The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) chose Minnesota as one of the states to participate in their project. They will work with the states to create a system of high quality, cross-agency professional development for early childhood personnel to support inclusion. The Center for Inclusive Child Care is proud to be a partner in this project, along with many other stakeholders.

Special Quest

The Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) staff were invited to participate in a Minnesota team that was receiving the Special Quest Training of Trainers. This training was historically targeted to early Head Start programs and through revisions, they are now reaching broader audiences. The training is targeted for inclusion of infants and toddlers with disabilities and is looking like a wonderful enhancement to our current Project Exceptional (PE) Training. The CICC will be looking at options to bring this curriculum to PE trainers statewide.

 

Inclusion Consultation Funding

There are many changes in the Department of Human Services funding that the Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) historically has received, however, we have maintained a limited amount of funding to support inclusion consultation and technical assistance to child care providers. Email Dea Anderson at dea@fraser.org for referrals or visit the CICC website at www.inclusivechildcare.org for more details.

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Other News

Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a complex disorder of the brain. One way to understand SPD is to see it as a misfiring in the nervous system. People who have SPD may misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement. Children have unique sensory preferences and sometimes those preferences can interfere with learning, social growth, and may result in challenging behaviors. The Center for Inclusive Child Care has developed a Sensory Processing Disorder curriculum, a guide for training, to help early childhood care providers understand SPD and how to successfully include children with SPD in their programs.

To order this curriculum and/or to view other resources available through the Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) on the topic of sensory processing go to the CICC’s website and visit the Market Place.

If you would like to take an Enhanced Self-Study Course on Sensory Processing Disorder, visit the CICC Learning Center. You can now earn a .25 clock hour through successful completion of any Info Module quiz.

The Language of Disability

The awareness of language and the terminology used is ever changing and describes what is “acceptable” to society as well as respectful of people with special needs. The Center for Inclusive Child Care has recently released a new Info Module titled The Language of Disability. This Info Module is a free informational session that is easily viewed online in a “PowerPoint tutorial” format. Access this Info Module at Learning Center.

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www.inclusivechildcare.org || Concordia University, College of Education
Cindy Croft, Director || croft@csp.edu || 651.603.6265

BEAM: Bridging Education and Mental Health

Understanding why children do what they do is at the heart of the BEAM approach. But also basic to this view of children is the belief that adults can - and should - help children feel safe, understand their feelings and the feelings of others, and make good choices. The BEAM model effectively addresses the following questions:

This Info Module is a free informational session that is easily viewed online in a “PowerPoint tutorial” format. Access this Info Module at Learning Center.

New Video: Presented in the Somali Language

The Center for Inclusive Child Care announces the availability of a new video, produced for the Somali community. This video is presented in the Somali language and is titled: A Guild to Developmental Milestones, Red Flags, Early Intervention and Inclusion of Children With Special Needs. This video addresses developmental milestones for children and red flags for developmental delays as well as covering the topics of early identification and early intervention. It also contains interviews with Somali parents of children who have special needs and an interview with a Somali physician.

Addressing the topic of children with special needs, in a media platform, is relatively new to the Somali community which makes this video such a valuable resource. A Guild to Developmental Milestones, Red Flags, Early Intervention and Inclusion of Children With Special Needs was directed and produced by Huda Farah, the CICC Somali Training Coordinator and was sponsored by the Department of Education, the Department of Health, and the Minneapolis Early Childhood Early Intervention Committee.

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The first showing of this video will be in September. The CICC will be sending out an email announcement with the final details of this showing as soon as the date, time, and location are set. If you have any questions about the CICC’s Somali Project or the new video, contact Huda Farah.

The next CICC e-newsletter will present an in-depth article from the CICC’s Somali Coordinator, Huda Farah. This article will contain detailed information regarding the cultural barriers and challenges facing Somali families of children who have special needs and highlight the role of the new CICC video.

Information for Parents

MNParentsKnow.info is a website offering Minnesota parents a convenient source for trusted knowledge on their child’s health, learning, development, and safety. Read the entire news release about this new website. Their information in the category of newborn is currently available and the toddler and preschool web pages will be available by September 2007.

New Online Training of Trainer Course

The Six Keys: Strategies for Promoting Children’s Mental Health in Early Childhood Programs The Center for Inclusive Child Care, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, is excited to offer a new online Training of Trainer Course on The Six Keys: Strategies for Promoting Children’s Mental Health in Early Childhood Programs.

 

For more information on this Training of Trainer professional development opportunity, contact Cindy Croft at croft@csp.edu.

Publications Available

Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) presents publications for parents, educators, and early childhood professionals.

For Parents
Survival Manual for Parents
Parenting isn't easy, especially if your child has an emotional or behavioral disorder. It can be less difficult, however, if parents know how to find help for themselves and their child. This manual was written to help parents who ask, Where can I find out what services are available? and How do I get those services?

For Educators
An Educator's Guide to Children's Mental Health
At times students' behaviors can be perplexing--our Educator's Guide helps school personnel better understand how to gain success with students whose behavior may indicate an emerging mental health disorder.

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www.inclusivechildcare.org || Concordia University, College of Education
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SuperMe: A Campaign To End Hurtful Teasing Packet
Meet SuperMe's friends - The Super Me Team!
SuperMe has joined forces with Brilliant Bystander, Sonic Stop-It, and Beacon to combat hurtful teasing and bullying! Short stories, coloring pages, and classroom activities provide ways to get students thinking, drawing, and writing about non-violent ways to handle hurtful teasing and bullying.

For Early Childhood Professionals
A Guide to Early Childhood Mental Health
This guide examines the common, everyday concerns that caregivers address (such as aggressive behavior, eating, and temper tantrums) and provides detailed information about how to respond to different behaviors. Although written primarily for early childhood care providers, parents and other caregivers may also find it useful--especially the "Common Concerns" sections and the fact sheets that describe the most common mental health disorders of early childhood.

For more information on these and other publications, visit MACMH’s publication page. Download MACMH’s order form.