Creating Connection and Communication–Positive Discipline for Young Children with Special Needs

Thank you for those of you who attended our workshop today. This workshop was a collaboration between IDA–Infant Development Association  idac

and Positive Discipline Community Resources ella_gabby_venice_beach1-300x221

Here is Dana’s  handout


Positive Discipline–Creating Respectful Relationships in Homes & Schools

California MAP to Inclusion and Belonging

LINK to Teaching Pyramid Materials (English & Spanish)


Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (Families)

ECMHC Infant Toddler Temperament Tool (English and Spanish)

HEAD START Adaptations for Children with Disabilities

Adapting the Child Care Environment for Children with Special Needs

Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs (English & Spanish)

Early Start in Santa Cruz County

Pediatric Grand Round Inservice on EarlyStart in Santa Cruz County




CA DDS Early Start Home 

AAP Medical Home and Early Intervention Best Practices

ECTA– Part C Eligibility

ECTA– Natural Environments

Transdisciplinary Early Intervention

Primary Coach Approach to Early Intervention

Routines-based Early Intervention


CDC Autism Screening

Revised MCHAT–Modified Check List for Autism in Toddlers

First Words Project

Infant-Toddler Checklist

DEC Early Intervention Practices




Understanding the concepts of multiple intelligences, learning styles and personality traits helps us to better understand our own strengths and challenges. images-1

Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences gives us some insight into the ways we interact with the world. Take this quiz to learn more about which of the nine “intelligences” best describes you. To learn more about Gardner and Multiple Intelligences visit his web site here. Edutopia also has a quiz to help you identify your learning style based on this theory.


Learning Style  based on Jung’s Theory of Personality is another way of looking at your unique personality style  and has evolved into the Myer’s Briggs Type Indicator. To learn more about these 16 distinctive personality types visit their site here.

PyschCentral has a variety of tests and quizzes including a personality quiz to help you better understand your individual differences, and to screen for possible mental health issues.

Have fun learning more about who your are and how you learn and engage the world.


Environmental Health for Young Children–Integrated Pest Management

I have been doing some consulting with UCSF Child Care Health on a research project related to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Family Child Care Homes. Please contact UCSF Child Care Health or me for more information.

Here are some State and National Resources on this topic

UCSF Childcare Health Integrated Pest Management Curriculum

IPM in Family Child Care Homes (English & Spanish)–Handouts

All UCSF Curricula in English and Spanish

IPM in Child Care Presentation Handout in English with updates 3.4.2013

NEW**  Integrated Pest Management Intervention in Child Care Centers Improves Knowledge, Pest Control, and Practices–alkon_jphc_ipm-in-centers_2016

Development and Evaluation of an Integrated Pest Management Toolkit for Child Care Providers–From Early Childhood Research & Practice

EPA Healthy Child Care

Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting– A Tool Kit for Early Care and Education

Link to Complete Site

BEYOND PESTICIDES –Pesticide-Induced Diseases: Learning / Developmental Disorders:  “Roughly one in six children in the U.S. has one or more developmental disabilities, ranging from a learning disability to a serious behavioral or emotional disorder. Scientists believe that the amount of toxic chemicals in the environment that cause developmental and neurological damage are contributing to the rise of physical and mental effects being found in children. Studies show children’s developing organs create “early windows of great vulnerability” during which exposure to pesticides can cause great damage. In the U.S., requirements for testing pesticides and other chemicals for potential developmental and learning disorders are minimal.” For a few of these see ARTICLES (below)

CA Dept. of Pesticide Management–Child Care IPM

IPM in Child Care Video Series

CEHN–Eco-Friendly Child Care

Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings

ARTICLES Relating Autism and other Developmental Disorders to Pesticide Exposure:

Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides: The CHARGE Study

Autism risk higher near pesticide-treated fields, study says

Autism increase not caused only by shifts in diagnoses; environmental factors likely, n California study says

I will continue to use this page to share information and resources related to environmental health and “greening” your child care. Stay tuned…

Nutrition and Feeding: We are what we eat…

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Nutrition is vital to good health, and good health is vital to learning and development.

This post is dedicated to providing information on nutrition and feeding both for all young children and children with special needs. I have recently done several work shops related to nutrition and feeding.  I have attached two presentations, each with further links to resources I have found helpful in my journey to understand nutrition and feeding as it relates to child development. I have also included additional links to help you on your journey.

NutritionWorkshop: Chilldren with Special Needs

Feeding Frenzy: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Feeding Issues

Nutrition and Children with Special Needs (Washington State Health Dept.)

Infant Nutrition and Health Resource List (Food and Nutrition Information Center)

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Ellyn Satter’s  webinars  on  Raising Children with Special Needs to be Competent Eaters by Ellyn Satter, Pamela Estes and Ines Anchondo can be found at: