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August 2016



Study of Executive Function in Babies Goes International


by Carol Dennis


Patricia Blasco, Ph.D.TRI's Patricia M. Blasco, Ph.D. presented at the Children’s Rights and Early Intervention Conference, International Society on Early Intervention, which took place in Stockholm, Sweden, June 8 - 10, 2016.


Dr. Blasco has been working in early childhood development for more than three decades, contributing to the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in the field of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE).


Her current research is designed to explore “executive function (EF) in infants and toddlers born low birth weight (LBW) and preterm. This study examines whether traditional infant and toddler assessment methods that have components of EF in their structure can discern early indicators of executive functioning in three subgroups of children ages six months to three years,” according to the project's website.

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Center on Early Learning Staff Reflect on the 2016 QRIS National Meeting


2016 QRIS National Meeting logo - QRIS National Learning Network and Build, a small girl.TRI's Center on Early Learning staff participated in four presentations at the 2016 QRIS National Meeting, hosted by the QRIS National Learning Network and the Build Initiative.


Two TRI staff members presented at the QRIS national conference for the first time. They were both very excited to take this important step in their careers, and to present to a wide audience the important work they have been part of here at TRI.






TRI's Bonnie Morihara and Child Development Center Alum Win Gold in Oregon Special Olympics


Bonnie and Holly standing side by side, Holly has her arm around Bonnie's shoulder. They are each wearing their gold medalsOn July 9 and 10, 2016 more than 1,600 softball, track & field, golf, and bocce athletes converged on Newberg for the Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) state games.


TRI’s Bonnie Morihara and her neighbor Holly have been competing as Unified Partners (an intellectually or physically challenged athlete plus a friend or relative) in bocce for three years now. This year they placed first, winning Gold medals, in their 4-team division in both the regional bocce competition in Eugene and the statewide competition in Newberg.



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Needs Assessment Survey of Oregon's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations Seeks Input


The Regional Resource Center on Deafness has been awarded a contract with the Department of Human Services to conduct a Community Needs Assessment to identify barriers in Oregon’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations, as well as anyone else who has experienced a hearing loss of any kind. In particular, the survey seeks to identify any barriers these populations face in accessing services. 


Survey closes August 31, 2016.

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