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Early Intervention: Facility Based Parent-Child Groups

Parent-Child Groups at a Facility:  How to start and maintain this valuable service Author: Izel Obermeyer, OTR/L, ATP, BCTS, FAOTA This session will share the experiences from both a parent and clinician’s perspective of facility-based parent-child groups.  We will showcase how we started this program, how it is progressing and what we did to ensure [...]

2021-01-04T09:49:57-05:00By |

Early Intervention and Telehealth: Best Practices

Early Intervention and Telehealth: Best Practices Authors: Anne Marie Cellante, MS.Ed, Amy Lee, Psy.D., & Josie Hartnett, MPH Early Intervention (EI) services promote the development of skills and enhance the quality of life of infants and toddlers who have been identified as having a disability or developmental delay, enhance capacity of families to care for their child [...]

2020-10-08T10:47:22-04:00By |

Routines-Based Intervention

Routines-Based Intervention Authors: Anne Marie Cellante, MS.Ed & Jenna Lequia, Ph.D. Young children grow and develop in the context of their family. Early intervention programs address this by providing intervention services in natural environment and incorporating family routines into intervention implementation. A naturalistic teaching method to early intervention, Routines-based Intervention, is one naturalistic approach that [...]

2020-09-28T10:17:25-04:00By |

Including Family Outcomes in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

Including Family Outcomes in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Authors: Anne Marie Cellante, MS.Ed & Jenna Lequia, Ph.D. A key component of Early Intervention is the collaborative development of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The IFSP includes both child and family outcomes which guide the types of services and supports that will be provided to [...]

2020-09-28T10:17:46-04:00By |

Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Early Intervention

Author: Naydine Johney, Psy.D With the increasing diversity of our population, disconnects are likely between providers and the children/families they serve. Cultural and linguistic competency increases access to and acceptability of care, improves quality of care, and reduces disparities in outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations. Given the family-centered nature of early intervention, it is essential that providers exercise cultural and linguistic competency in their practice. This module aims to provide an overview of cultural and linguistic competency, [...]

2020-09-22T15:02:12-04:00By |

Using Data to Inform Practice

Author: Jenna Lequia, Ph.D. The success of early intervention services is dependent on the use of evidence-based practices and data-based decision making. Data can be used at various levels – individual child, county program, and state program – to inform stakeholders whether or not a particular strategy or approach is effective. This module will describe [...]

2020-07-17T11:57:08-04:00By |

Strategies to Involve Parents in Early Intervention

Strategies to Involve Parents in Early Intervention Author: Jenna Lequia, Ph.D. An important element of early intervention programs across the country is the emphasis on the family unit. Parents and/or caregivers are active players throughout the early intervention process – evaluation, sessions, meetings, and transitioning to preschool. This module is intended to provide early intervention [...]

2020-07-17T11:57:14-04:00By |

Family Professional Partnerships in Early Intervention and Beyond

Author: Anne Marie Cellante, MSEd & Jenna Lequia, PhD Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004), the Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides supports and services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and/or disabilities and their families. The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) recommends [...]

2020-07-17T11:57:29-04:00By |

Natural Environments

Natural Environments Authors: Anne Marie Cellante, M.S.Ed. and Jenna Lequia, Ph.D As young children learn best through participating in their everyday routines, with familiar people, early intervention services are provided in a child’s natural environment to the greatest extent possible. This is intended to increase exposure to same age, typically developing children, as well as [...]

2020-05-27T12:32:20-04:00By |

Overview of Special Education

Overview of Special Education Authors: Jenna Lequia, Ph.D. In 1975, the first federal policy related to educating students with disabilities was passed, the Education of All Handicapped Children Act. Since this time, several influential court cases and amendments have been made to the initial version of the law. The process of special education is quite complex [...]

2021-02-16T15:44:50-05:00By |

My Goals for Success

My Goals for Success Authors: Jenna Lequia, Ph.D. & Naomi Brickel, MS Ed. Self-determination is associated with autonomous and self-regulated behaviors, as well as psychological empowerment (Wehmeyer, Agran, & Hughes, 2000). One way to target self-determination is to teach goal setting and attainment skills through self-management interventions. Self-monitoring and goal setting fall under the umbrella of self-management procedures (Mooney, [...]

2021-02-23T13:54:25-05:00By |