NC ELSSP-VI Newsletter

November 2019

Each child will be honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life.

North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children with Visual Impairments

NC Department of Public Instruction

Exceptional Children Division

Contents

Amazing Kids - Staff

LL Cool Tech Tool Tips - Lori Bartram, Lori Persinger

ECC Corner - Karen Beijer

Professional Development Opportunities - Lin Causey

Items of Interest - Lin Causey

Staff Birthdays for November

Photo/Video Credits

LL Cool Tech Tool Tips

Peek-a -Boo Presents App

ECC Corner

This month Bethany and I met one of my families at Farmony Safari Edventure in Madison County. We had an amazing hands on experience where we met and were able to pet a sloth, wolf/dogs, marmosets, porcupines, lemurs, and even kangaroos. Brexton was very awake and alert and seemed to be stimulated by all the different animals and the smells in the barn. He became more chatty than I have ever seen him in the past. His mother Liz gave him so many great opportunities to do some hand over hand petting of these unique animals. This field trip related to the sensory component of the expanded core curriculum, as well as compensatory and recreation and leisure. Going on field trips and getting outside the home for some of our visits gives our kids the chance to experience the world in new ways that they would never be able to in the home. How many 1.5 year olds do you know that have had a hands on experience with a sloth? This trip made a memory for this family that will go down in the books as unforgettable and unique! What places in your local community can you visit with your families that could increase their child’s ability to access art, animals, music, dance, food, literacy, movement, or science? Think outside the box! There’s so much to explore together!

Professional Development Opportunities

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Please save the date of November 8th. This will be our Staff Meeting for the month of November. ECU Teacher Support Project will be presented from 1-2:30 and then from 2:30-3:00 we will have program updates.


November 20–23, 2019 2019 NAEYC Annual Conference, Nashville, TN


December 6, 2019, Children with Sensory Processing Differences: Approaches to Supporting Engagement & Participation, Fayetteville


FREE Ongoing Webinars from Early Head Start

Home Visiting Series:

Partnering with Parents to Create Physically and Emotionally Safe Learning Environments (webinar)

Relationship-Based Competencies for Home Visitors (webinar)

Using PBC to Support Positive Interactions


Ongoing, Northwest AHEC FREE Online Courses:

· 56092 Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Neonatal Challenges

· 56052 Breastfeeding the Opioid Dependent Infant


Ongoing, Division of Early Childhood, EI COP FREE Webinars

The following webinars do not offer certificates. If the approved source does not offer a certificate upon completion, the individual should attach the following to their N.C. ITP Documentation of Continuing Professional Development form: • Available slides, handouts, documents, and other training materials associated with the training; • A statement about how the training supports evidence-based practices for infants and toddlers; and • A write-up of how you will apply the information learned from the training in your work.


a. Harness Sensory Preferences to Guide Everyday Life: Everybody wins!

b. What’s On Your Mind: How Do You Partner With Families and Child Care Providers?

c. Helping Families Meet Resource Needs and Achieve Self-Sufficiency

d. Early Screening, Detection and Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with or at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder

e. Identifying and Supporting Young Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss


Ongoing, Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum

Mission & Key Principles

Foundational Pillars of Early Intervention (Foundational Pillars includes Family Centered Practices, Children's Learning, Natural Environments, Adult Learning & Quality Teaming)

Authentic Assessment in Early Intervention

*The FREE curriculum does not offer a certificate upon completion, so to receive IT credit the individual should attach the following to their “NC ITP Documentation of Continuing Professional Development” form:

Available slides, handouts, documents, and other training materials associated with the training;

A statement about how the training supports evidence-based practices for infants and toddlers; and

A write-up of how you will apply the information learned from the training in your work.


In addition, you can find the updated NC ITP Free Continuing Professional Development Opportunities at https://beearly.nc.gov/index.php/providers/certification .

Items of Interest

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Please see link below to re-register for the 2019 Book Angel Program:


http://www.seedlings.org/bkangel2009.php

Birthdays

Hitty Chiott - Nov 21

Karen Huffman - Nov 26

Carrie Ledford - Nov 27

Photo/Video Credits

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NC ELSSP-VI Staff