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TRI Staff Members Present at NAEYC Conference in Los Angeles

Posted on November 10, 2016

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Staff from TRI's Center on Early Learning and Center on Research, Evaluation and Analysis presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference, which took place in Los Angeles, November 2-5, 2016.



Philosophy in Action


Enhancing Executive Function Skills in Young Children


This article contains the presentation documents for each session.

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Study Shows Massage Helps Children with Autism

Posted on August 3, 2016

Photo of a mother embracing her son who is sitting on her lap.


If you are a parent of a child with autism, you probably struggle with the fear that you might never get to hug your child. Maybe you worry that your child will live a life devoid of physical affection and close attachments to others.

A new study shows that for many families, massage therapy can bring surprising results – and a new sense of hope.


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Study of Executive Function in Babies Goes International

Posted on July 26, 2016

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. 

Click here to read more about Dr. Blasco's research.

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Executive Function and Social Emotional Development: Understanding the Relationship

Posted on April 11, 2016

Serra Acar, Ph.D.

Patricia Plasco, Ph.D.


TRI's Serra Acar, and Patricia Blasco, joined Oregon Department of Education's Mandy Stanley in a presentation titled:

Executive Function and Social Emotional Development: Understanding the Relationship. 


This session provided families and early childhood professionals with activities and strategies that support components of Executive Function (EF) that relate to Social and Emotional development for children, birth to three, with diverse abilities.

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TRI Staff present at the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention (CRIEI) 2016

Posted on February 22, 2016

TRI LogoTRI's Serra Acar, Ph.D., Patricia Blasco, Ph.D., and Sybille Guy, Ph.D., presented at the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention (CRIEI) 2016. They participated in three sessions during the two-day conference located in San Diego, California, February 11-13, 2016.

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TRI's Research on Executive Function in Babies Born Low Birth Weight Gains International Attention

Posted on January 19, 2016

By Carol Dennis


Child playing in a tub of balls

At the Zero to Three Conference in Seattle this past December, TRI's Patricia Blasco, Serra Acar, and Sybille Guy were delighted to see over 250 participants at their presentation, enthusiastically engaged with the speakers throughout, asking good questions and providing new ideas.

When the research project is your own, it's often hard to know how excited and engaged others will be. The participation at the Zero to Three conference took away any doubt that this work will be seen as making an important contribution in the field of early childhood development.


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TRI Presents at International Conference on Executive Function in Babies Born Low Birth Weight

Posted on December 18, 2015

Zero to Three - National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families presented the 30th Annual National Training Institute


Zero to Three poster

TRI staff presented at the 30th Annual National Training Institute Zero to Three Conference in Seattle, Washington.


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TRI Research on QST Massage Presented at 2015 Autism CARES

Posted on July 28, 2015

Child being give massage

“QST (Qigong Sensory Training) massage for autism is one of very few programs that effectively decreases the severity of autism and changes outcomes for low as well as high functioning children.”


So states the Qigong Sensory Training Institute, which has been conducting a replication study through TRI’s Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis (CREA).

Their new research, published in the journal Autism Research and Treatment, offers hope and assistance to parents of children with autism and early childhood special education programs.


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How Massage Can Help Children with Autism

Posted on April 24, 2015

Photo by Tyra Murray of Grace PortraitsChances are, you know someone who has a child with Autism. In fact, the number of new cases has almost doubled in the past 20 years, from 1 in 150 children born in 1992 to 1 in 68 children born in 2002.

Many parents fear they might never get to hug their child again. They fear that their child will live a lonely life, and may have to suffer from the negative side effects of necessary medications.

For many families, message therapy can bring surprising results – and a new sense of hope.


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