Early Childhood Learning Topics

Learning topics for early intervention and early childhood providers are listed below and include selected past early intervention trainings by the DC Comprehensive System of Professional Development (CSPD), Strong Start and other agencies and organizations locally, regionally and nationally.

Assistive Technology
Evidence Based Practice
Evaluation and Assessment
Family and Culture
Individualized Family Service Plan
Intervention Strategies
Mental Health
Service Coordination
Transition

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers (AT) (DC CSPD February 2012)
AT underutilized despite mandates to consider how it can help children meet their goals. This session described the purpose and scope of assistive technology supports for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Speaker: Sue Mistrett, Early Childhood Technology Specialist.
DC Tech Act: DC Assistive Technology http://www.atpdc.org/
Let's Play Project http://letsplay.buffalo.edu/
Tots-n-Tech Helpdesk http://tnt.asu.edu/tnt-helpdesk
Universal Design for Play Tool (Let's Play Project) 
TAM Fans for Young Children

Evidence-Based Practices

Evidence Based Early Intervention Practices (DC CSPD April 2012)
This session describes a variety of contemporary service delivery models and early intervention practices designed and shaped by a broad spectrum of evidence. Speakers:Toby Long, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Presentation 
Models of Service Delivery Handout
Sources of Information about Evidence-Based Practices (Hansen, 2010)

Evaluation and Assessment

Evaluation and assessment are critical ways we gather information for understanding the needs of families and children and program planning. Check out the resource manual and Prezi module on this topic.
Early Childhood Intervention Resource Manual: Gathering Information to Determine Eligibility and Program Plan
Prezi Presentation: Road to Great Outcomes

Family and Culture

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Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

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Intervention Strategies

Intervention Strategies: A Seminar for Early Intervention Special Instructors and Developmental Therapists (DC CSPD September 2012)

The Developmental Therapist is responsible for early intervention in the natural environment. Their best practices support parents and family members in their capacity as their child’s first teacher. They support the goals of therapists and work collaboratively as a team member. Participants learned more about functional goals and ways to adapt play with materials found in and around the home and received their own copy of Cara's Kit 
Speaker: Julie Wennekes, Early Intervention Specialist, DCEIP
Location: GUCCHD 3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Suite 3300
Cara's Kit http://www.naeyc.org/store/node/666
Cara's Kit Checklist of Priorities and Concerns

Mental Health in Early Childhood

Infant Mental Health and Maternal Depression (DC CSPD April 2012)

Increasingly, the needs of infants and toddlers for positive social and emotional health are becoming recognized as a critical component of school readiness and overall well-being. This session increased the awareness of EI providers of the MH needs of young children and the impact maternal depression has on healthy social and emotional development. 
Speaker: Deborah Perry, PhD
Location: GUCCHD 3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Suite 3300
Best Practices in Early Childhood Mental Health 
Center for Social and Emotional Foundations for Learning

Service Coordination

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Transition

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