CNMI Early Intervention Engages in Professional Development

Community Services: Technical Assistance Early Childhood
On August 28 & 29, Elaine Eclavea (standing), Guam CEDDERS Early Childhood Consultant along with Keith Villaluna (not pictured), Guam CEDDERS Data Specialist facilitated professional development trainings for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Public School System IDEA Part C, Early Intervention Program staff in Saipan. The trainings focused on the CNMI Early Intervention Coaching Procedures called the LATTE, the Tiers of Intervention (TOI), and the Child Outcome Summary (COS) and Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) data.

Guam EHDI Met with GPPT on Future Training Activities

Community Services: Technical Assistance Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
On August 2, Guam’s Positive Parents Together (GPPT) Board President Ann Marie Cruz (left) and GPPT Parent Mentor Evelyn Topasna (right) met with Marie Wusstig (center), Guam CEDDERS Training Associate, to discuss the facilitation of training opportunities for families to develop their self-advocacy skills, the recruitment of potential deaf mentors, planning for The CARE Project Family Retreat, and social activities for families of children identified with a hearing loss.

Assistive Technology and Accessibility Training at DISID

Community Services: Technical Assistance Continuing Education Developmental Disabilities Guam Systems for Assistive Technology
June 10, 2019: GSAT Center Coordinator Leah Abelon conducted training on the usage of a TDD/TTY, a telecommunication device for the Deaf, and creating accessible documents. Training participants included staff from the Guam Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities (DISID) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Division of Social Services.

Project Bisita Staff Attend CQI Training

Community Services: Technical Assistance Project Bisita I Familia
May 23, 2019: Vera Blaz, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate/Project Bisita I Familia TA and Training Coordinator (pictured second from right), and Jenika Ballesta, CEDDERS Research Associate/Project Bisita Data (not pictured), facilitated training on Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) with Project Bisita Staff using the CQI Toolkit, a resource for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program developed by James Bell Associates under the Project Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE).

First PBILC Meeting in 9 Years Held in Guam

CEDDERS CORE Community Services: Technical Assistance
February 28, 2019: Representatives from the American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Guam met to discuss common issues relating to disabilities on our islands and the potential on re-establishing the Pacific Basin Interagency Leadership Consortium to work collaboratively in addressing common concerns.
Tafaimamao Tua-Tupuola, Director of the American Samoa University Center on Developmental Disabilities (ASUCEDD) spearheaded regrouping efforts and facilitated the meeting with support from Guam CEDDERS.

Langston University RERC Meets with UOG Administration

CEDDERS CORE Community Services: Technical Assistance
On February 28, 2019, representatives from the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (LU-RRTC) met with University of Guam (UOG) officials to discuss opportunities for the territory to conduct research in the field of disability and rehabilitation. Langston University will work in collaboration with UOG to provide technical assistance in grant writing, conducting research, data analysis, and research publication.
Sitting from L-R: LU-RRTC Representatives: Dr. Courtney Ward-Sutton, Post-Doctoral Fellow; Dr. Renee Starr-Howard, Post-Doctoral Fellow; Dr. Corey L. Moore, Principal Investigator and Research Director; Dr. Edward O. Manyibe, Research Associate & Capacity Building Director; Dr. Andre L. Washington, Research Assistant Professor & Technical Assistance Coordinator.
Standing L-R: UOG Staff: Dr. Troy McVey, Interim Assistant Vice President, Director of Graduate Studies; Dr. Anita B. Enriquez, Senior Vice President; Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, CEDDERS Director; Dr. Josephine Cruz, CEDDERS Training Associate; and Peter Barcinas, Institutional Review Board Chair.

Working with Young Children Training Held

Community Services: Technical Assistance Early Childhood Project Bisita I Familia
November 8, 2018: Vera Blaz, CEDDERS Training Associate/Project Bisita I Familia Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, faciltated training on early childhood topics, such as child development, diversity, caring, special needs, ethics, positive guidance and discipline, observation, and assessment. The participants include home visiting staff and CEDDERS Psychology Practicum student. Pictured clockwise: Vera Blaz (facing screen), Veronica Santos and Ma. Gwen Yanesa, home visitors; and Maria Bontogon, Practicum student. Not pictured: Iris Sablan and Nicole Loren, home visitors; and Emraleen Roque, data clerk.

Visual Impairment Supports Webinar Held August 28

Community Services: Technical Assistance Guam Department of Education Vision Impairment
Guam CEDDERS facilitated a webinar on August 28 conducted by Donna McNear, M.Ed., Vision Impairment (VI) Consultant, for Guam Department of Education, Division of Special Education VI Program personnel. Attending the two-hour webinar were (L-R): Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS; Donna McNear (on screen); Darlene Taimanglo, Part B & C VI Technical Assistance (TA) Provider; Diane Artero, Part B VI TA Provider; and Tricia Taitague, VI Program Coordinator.

CEDDERS Associate Director Connects with Autism TA Provider at the National Autism Conference

Community Services: Technical Assistance Developmental Disabilities Early Childhood
June De Leon, (right), Guam CEDDERS Associate Director, conferred with Donna Miller (left), during the 22th National Autism Conference held in State College, Pennsylvania on August 6-9. Ms. Miller, a technical assistance provider focusing on autism spectrum disorders for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, conducted a presentation titled, “Home-Based Coaching with Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” during the Conference.

Guam CEDDERS Training Associate Met with Guam Memorial Hospital Authority Nursing Supervisors About the Hearing Screening Compliance Survey

Community Services: Technical Assistance Continuing Education Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
L – R:  On July 11, 2018, Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate met with Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) nursing supervisors, Avelina “Bing” Opena, RN, NICU supervisor and Ma. Victoria “Marivic” Guiao, RN, OB Ward supervisor to review results and recommendations of the Hearing Screening Compliance Survey. Supervisors provided additional input for the training objectives for the upcoming “Hearing Screening Protocol and Equipment Training”, scheduled for July 16 – 17, 2018, which will be facilitated by, Renee L.G. Koffend, AuD, CCC-A, Guam EHDI Audiologist Consultant.