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August 2021 (Also available in Spanish)

 
 

New Tip Sheet Series Guides Parents Through the Assessment Process

 
 
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When the parents of a preschooler discover that their child may have a disability or developmental delay, they often seek educational services or supports. However, the journey from suspecting a developmental delay to receiving special education services can be overwhelming and confusing. IEL has developed five new tip sheets to guide families through this process:

These tip sheets are an excellent resource for teachers to share with parents; they also can be used to support successful school-home collaborations.

 
 

Mindfulness for Educators

 
 

It may seem like mindfulness is the word of the day, but educators may not know how to begin adding mindfulness practices into their early care and education setting. Check out our new resource list, Mindfulness for Educators. You will find ideas about mindfulness practices, the benefits of mindfulness, and ways to incorporate children’s literature that promotes mindfulness in your classroom or childcare program.

 
 

Challenging Behavior Tool Kit

 
 
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Anyone familiar with young children understands that challenging behaviors happen from time to time. IEL’s new tool kit, Challenging Behaviors in Young Children, has sections related to child development, the meaning of behavior, and strategies that adults can use to prevent or address challenging behavior. This is a great resource for those new to understanding behavior and an excellent refresher for experienced professionals about to start a new school year.

 
 

EITP Promotes Self-Care

 
 
 
 

The Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois is continuing the Self-Care Café series in August and September. The Self Care Café series is a live informal virtual discussion group that supports self-care practices. On the second Monday of each month, EITP staff will gather with peers to explore mindfulness, self-care routines, and strategies. Some the activities include sharing practical information, setting self-care goals, and supporting one another in a relaxed atmosphere of mindfulness and gratitude while building a community of mindful early interventionists. Each café begins with a short breath awareness and/or meditation activity. Registration is available for August and September.

 
 

IPC Offers Poison Control Course

 
 

The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) provides a free, online Poison Prevention Education Course to anyone living/working in Illinois who is age 13 or older. After completing the course, people can order and/or download free IPC materials (stickers, magnets, safety packets, posters, children’s activity/paint sheets, etc.) to share in homes or at events such as health fairs.

 
 

We Want to Hear from You!

 
 

Are you new to Illinois Early Learning or have you been visiting our site and reading our materials for years? We want to hear from you! We have updated our user survey and would love for you to let us know your thoughts.

 
 

Upcoming Conferences

 
 

Division for Early Childhood 2021 Fall Conference, September 20–24, a virtual event

Illinois Developmental Therapy Association Conference, October 1, a virtual event

Sharing A Vision, October 7–8, a virtual event

 
 

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For more information about the Illinois Early Learning Project, contact us at (877) 275-3227 or iel@illinois.edu.

 
 

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