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2013 Winter Newsletter

EITP Updates

The EI Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois has been working on a number of transitions this fiscal year. The most recent transition involves a change in the learning management system that is used to deliver online trainings sponsored by the EITP. The new system is called Moodle and it will require all online training participants to have a Moodle account.

There have been a number of News postings developed and distributed by the EITP to help with this transition over the last several weeks, all of which can be found on the EITP website under the News postings linked to the home page. In addition, an Online Training FAQ page includes a number of updates to support online learners through this transition and as they navigate online trainings in the new Moodle system.

Please note that certificates of completion from the Adobe learning management system can no longer be accessed. If you do not have a copy of your certificate of completion and need one for credentialing you may request a duplicate certificate for a processing fee of $10.

The following EITP sponsored online training are currently open for registration:

  • Early Intervention Monitoring – What’s It All About?
  • Family Assessment in the Early Intervention System
  • Impact of EI on Families – Family Outcome Survey
  • Natural Environments & Developmental Justification of Need
  • Parent Liaison Training
  • Service Coordination Training
  • Serving Families of Children with Vision or Dual Sensory Loss
  • Serving Families of Children with Hearing Loss

EITP sponsored online training events that will soon re-open include:

  • Foundations of Speech Development in Young Children
  • It Matters! How Culture Impacts our Work with Families
  • Coordinating Care Between EI and the Primary Care Medical Home: A Statewide Training
  • Coordinating Care Between EI and the Primary Care Medical Home: National Module
  • Completing the Fax Back Referral Form
  • The Standardized Referral form.

To register for one of these trainings please visit the EITP website at

EITP Recieves a University Public Engagement Award

The Early Intervention Training Program was recently awarded a Public Engagement Grant from the University of Illinois in the amount of $9,500. With this award, EITP will develop two public awareness and training videos focused on “Early Intervention Services: What do they Look Like” and “Early Intervention in Childcare Settings” and disseminate them to help families, childcare workers and early intervention providers support the development and learning of infants and toddlers with disabilities in Illinois. 


The Early Intervention Strategies for Success Blog

This blog was developed to provide early intervention (EI) practitioners with an interactive place to share and learn practical strategies that they can use in their work with infants, toddlers, families, other caregivers, and colleagues. Through work with Virginia’s Integrated Training Collaborative and the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Early Intervention Strategies for Success Blog has found that practitioners are eager for very practical, real world information that links best practice with actual practice. This blog is designed to be a place to share knowledge and experience and learn useful tips and strategies!

This blog contains information about:

  • Engaging Families
  • Intervention Visits
  • EI Research to Practice Beliefs
  • IFSP Development
  • Local EI system Management
  • Practical Strategies
  • Professional Development
  • Service Coordination
  • Teamwork


Holidays: Strategies for Success

While the holiday season is filled with enjoyable activities, events and traditions, it can also be a hectic and stressful time. Travel, shopping, loud music, bright lights, unfamiliar food, and busy schedules can turn typical routines upside down! The disruption to routine can be particularly difficult for children who depend on routine and predictability to engage in appropriate behavior. The following tips will help ensure that the holiday season is enjoyable for you and your child. Click on the image for more information!


Preparing Culturally Responsive Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Personnel

The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a federal grant (PCRP Project) to fund students interested in earning a master's degree, with an emphasis on working with young children, ages birth to six, with disabilities and their families. The focus of this master’s degree program is to prepare personnel who have expertise in young children’s social-emotional development as a foundation for providing culturally responsive and evidence-based services. This is a 2-year full-time master’s program on the Champaign-Urbana campus. If accepted into the program, funding consists of a traineeship stipend, a tuition waiver, and waiver of some fees. Funding is limited and awarded on a competitive basis. Attached to this funding is a service obligation to be fulfilled after completion of the degree: two years of service in a professional setting that benefits young children with disabilities for every one-year of funding accepted. This service obligation can be met through employment in the ECSE field anywhere in the continental United States.


Reputable Resources

More than Baby Talk!

Click on the image to access to a guide about infant toddler language development. “This guide describes 10 practices that early childhood educators can use to support the development of language and communication skills of infants and toddlers. Because research supportsthe importance of adult-child interactions for infants and toddlers, the practices are designed to be done one-on-one or in small groups. Each practice draws upon the types ofinteractions that research suggests promotes language and communication skills.Each practice is presentedwith a description of the practice, research evidence that supports the use of the practice, and examples of how educators may use the practice with infants and toddlers. Although each practice is presented separately, many of the practices can be used in combination with each other.” 

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Development

Click on the image for resources from the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI). TACSEI has recently added multiple new handouts to the Backpack Connections Series to help teachers and parents/caregivers work together to enhance young children's social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. New handouts have been added in the following categories:Emotions, Routines and Schedules, and Addressing Behavior. Backpack Connection handouts can be sent home when a new strategy or skill is introduced in the classroom to inform parents about what their child is learning at school and to provide specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home.” 

The Youngest Americans: A statistical Portrait of Infants and Toddlers in the United States

Click on the image for a report that "provides a comprehensive indicators-based portrait of the 12 million infants and toddlers in America. It includes basic demographical data on these young children, including information about their health and well-being, and the well-being of their parents. Some key findings show that: many infants and toddlers in America today are starting out with severe economic hardship; there are considerable inequities marked by income and race/ethnicity and these inequities are often compounded by fragile family situations; the majority of mothers of infants and toddlers are working; parental leave, high-quality child care, and access to early intervention services are out of reach for many families raising infants and toddlers.”


Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Training Opportunities

1/4/2014 Music Together Skills and Songs Workshop Winter 2014 Joan's Studio, Chicago
1/7/2014 Early Intervention in Natural Environments - What It Means for You and the Families You Support (EITP Sponsored) Lutheran Social Services Building, West Peoria
1/8/2014 "Understanding Autism: An Overview for Parents & Professional" King Community Service Center, Chicago
1/9/2014 Online Systems Overview One Day Follow Up Session (EITP Sponsored) I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign
1/9/2014 Helping Families Advocate for their Child in Early Intervention Lake County Health Department, Waukegan
1/10/2014 Making the Connection…Using Sign Language with Infants and Toddlers Anderson Wellness Center, Maryville
1/13/2014 - 1/15/2014 System Overview for Bilingual Interpreters and Translators in the Illinois Early Intervention System (EITP Sponsored) Prairie State College Business & Community Education Center, Chicago Heights
1/14/2014 - 1/15/2014 Structured Teaching Little Friends Center for Autism, Naperville
1/17/2014 Effective Sensory Diets Holiday Inn Airport, St. Louis
1/17/2014 Executive Functioning Elgin Community College at BCC, Elgin
1/22/2014 "Understanding Autism: An Overview for Parents & Professional" Garfield Community Service Center, Chicago
1/23/2014 - 1/24/2014 PECS Level 1 Basic Training Transitions School, Quincy
1/23/2014 Baby Sleep & Development Smart Love Preschool, Chicago
1/24/2014 Online Systems Overview One Day Follow Up Session (EITP Sponsored) University of IL Extension Office, Collinsville
1/24/2014 - 1/25/2014 Pediatric Gait Course: Multiple Intervention Strategies Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region, Villa Park
1/25/2014 How Sensory & Communication Effect a Child's Life Little Friends Center for Autism, Naperville
1/29/2014 Battelle Developmental Inventory - 2nd Revision (EITP Sponsored) Sangamon County Dept. of Public Health, Springfield
1/29/2014 Mental Health Services in the Early Intervention System DayOneNetwork, Geneva
1/31/2014 Autism Spectrum Disorder: Early Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Strategies & A Parent's Perspective Little Friends Center for Autism, Naperville