Fall 2023 Newsletter Focuses on Everyday Routines

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image of EIC Fall 2023 web newsletter

The Fall 2023 edition of the Early Intervention Clearinghouse (EIC) newsletter is available on our website inEnglish andSpanish.  

Our main story focuses on ways families can use everyday routines to work on early intervention outcomes. The articles and resources included illustrate how common tasks can be a way to work on many different skills often covered in early intervention. An engaging video message shares the importance of routines in early intervention. We include information on fun ways to expand the learning during your family’s routines that align with your child’s strengths and preferences. A family-friendly tip sheet titled “Daily Routines Are Learning Times” offers simple ways to encourage child development throughout the day.  If you are looking for more ideas, we share a collection of book and resource recommendations for establishing everyday routines. 

We wrap up our fall newsletter with some valuable information from the Bureau of Early Intervention on the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) and a valuable information sheet on family rights and important timelines to be aware. Also included in this quarter’s newsletter are reminders about several upcoming events including the Family Town Hall meeting on Nov 9 (register here) and the Annual Cookies at the Clearinghouse event (Dec 7) .

Early Intervention Town Halls (Virtual)

The Director of the Bureau of Early Intervention is hosting one more virtual town hall in 2023 with families of children in early intervention. During this time, you can share your experiences, ask questions, and voice your suggestions to improve early intervention.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Thursday, November 9, 2023
Spanish – 6:30-7:30 pm
English – 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Register online for the town hall meeting or contact Alejandra Griffet, by email: agriffet@illinois.edu or by phone: 217-333-5841

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Need an iPad or a Hotspot for Live Video Visits?

Many families are receiving Early Intervention services through live video visits. To help families with technology needs, the EI Clearinghouse has added several technology devices to the lending library:

  • iPads with a cellular data plan (device and Internet access)
  • iPads without a cellular data plan (device)
  • Hotspot with cellular data plan (Internet access)

To request a device, please complete our Device Loan Request Form (also available in Spanish). For more information about live video visits, see our tip sheet Introduction to Early Intervention (EI) Live Video Visits: Frequently Asked Questions (also available in Spanish).

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Cookies at the Clearinghouse

Join us for a holiday open house! Homemade cookies, hot cocoa and punch will be served.  This is an excellent opportunity to explore the great resources available on young children and early childhood education for families, providers, and students.

Thursday, December 7, 2023
3:00 – 6:00 pm

IL Early Intervention Clearinghouse
Children’s Research Center, Lower Level Room 20
51 Gerty Dr., Champaign, IL
(Behind the Illini Credit Union on First Street)

About the Clearinghouse

The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families. We are a resource for you; contact us via our online form or by phone at (877) 275-3227. In addition to our website full of recommended digital resources, we have a lending library of books, eBooks, audiobooks and videos elated to the development of young children with special needs and their families.

Please let us know if you need any resources or information; we are always happy to help!

Sarah Isaacs, librarian
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

Publication date: 2023