Early Intervention Receives SSIP Support

Guam Department of Education Guam Early Intervention System
Participants listen to consultant on screen.
Guam Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC)/Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) work session, at the Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) conference room, on October 30. The work session took place via video teleconference with consultants from the Center for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Early Childhood Data Systems also known as DaSy and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) to provide technical assistance to GEIS, on their SSIP. Present: GEIS Staff, ICC Members, on screen – Taletha Derrington from DaSy, ECTA consultants Evelyn Shaw & Anne Lucas via telephone conference call.  Guam CEDDERS provides various supports to their partnering agencies, including video conferencing capabilities using a state of the art high definition Polycom video teleconference system.

Students Connect History to Current Disability Issues

Disability Studies
Students looking at screen.
John Acfalle​ (standing pointing to screen)​, student of the Historical and Contemporary Perspectives of Disability class, shares his experiences of bringing two individuals, who grew up in an institutional setting, into his family home.​ ​His video depicts the advantage and normalcy of small family settings over group home housing.​ ​John shared his experiences of camping up and down the western states with his new family members, Willie and Charlie, and the experience of Charlie meeting his sisters for the first time. Engaged in the presentation are Guam CEDDERS staff members​.​ Standing from left to right: Leilani ​Lafaele, Tia Pereda​, and Sherr​y​ Guerrero.

Child Care Staff Receive TA on Guam’s Plan for Professional Development

Department of Public Health & Social Services Early Childhood
Child caregivers meeting around table
Two sessions were coordinated by the Department of Public Health & Social Services, Bureau of Social Services Administration and facilitated by Guam CEDDERS to provide information and technical assistance for child care centers in preparation on the new process around professional development for all staff.

Pyramid Model Implementation Training Continues on Guam

Bureau of Social Services Administration Department of Public Health & Social Services Early Childhood
Dr. Corso stands with hand in air addressing crowd.
Dr. Robert Corso, consultant from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), talks about intervention at the top of the pyramid during training with early childhood service providers on Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation October 20-22.
Service providers engaged in discussion around table.
Service providers from the Department of Public Health and Social Services, Bureau of Social Services Administration discuss their action plan for implementing the Pyramid Model in their agency.

Service Providers Complete Early Childhood Diagnostic Toolkit Training

Early Childhood Project Kariñu
Dr. Bellis addressing a large lecture room.
Dr. Kirk Bellis addresses participants during the Early Childhood Mental Health: Diagnostic Frameworks for Clinician’s Tool Kit training on October 3 at the University of Guam.
Group photo of training participants.
Early childhood service providers from various Government of Guam and Federal Government agencies as well as private and non-profit entities completed a 2-day training on Early Childhood Mental Health: Diagnostic Frameworks for Clinician’s Tool Kit on October 2 & 3. The training was facilitated by Dr. Lilli Perez from Project Kariñu in collaboration with Guam CEDDERS.