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December EI/R News!

Early Identification and Referral

We’ve got quite a bit of exciting information to share related to the EI/R Initiative! This academic year, we are providing a series of 4 webinars with experts from the following 4 systems- Community Programs, Part C, Medical, and EHDI- talking about innovative solutions they’ve created in their states to boost child find and referral. First up was Dr. Linda Lawrence and Dr. Anne Nielsen who presented on a community program in KS called KanLovKids. This program provides low cost, high quality low vision clinics across the state of KS through a grant from Lions Clubs International. Here’s the link to the recording: https://nationaldb.org/library/page/2633. Make sure and check it out if you missed it! They were amazing!

The next webinar is scheduled for Monday, January 23 at 12 PT and will provide an opportunity to learn about a statewide program that has led to more children being identified and referred to the Vermont Sensory Access Project, Vermont's Deafblind Project. Emma Nelson, Pam Cummings (PT), Rebecca Grimm (OT), Amy Starble (SLP), and Tammy Willey (Family Resources Consultant) will talk about the I-Team Early Intervention Project. The project is dedicated to promoting high expectations and improving the lives of Vermont infants and toddlers with complex developmental and medical needs. This project offers technical assistance and training to local, regional, and statewide partners who work with these infants and toddlers and their families. During the first three years of life, critical development occurs in many areas. For a child with complex needs, specialized supports can be essential to help nurture these skills. The VT I-Team Early Intervention Project is coordinated by the University of Vermont's Center on Disability and Community Inclusion. The Center is part of a nationwide network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities whose mission is to work with people with disabilities and their families to support full access to home and community activities. Log-in information for the webinar will be coming out soon, so for now mark the date and time in your calendar so you don’t miss out!

Following VT will be a medical webinar in February and an EHDI webinar in April. More details out soon….

We also want to let you know that the EI/R Self-Assessment Guide has been updated to include the 2015 Child Count data. If you haven’t taken a look at your current numbers, please do so! Here’s the link to the guide: https://nationaldb.org/pages/show/early-identification-and-referral/early-identification-and-referral-self-assessment-guide

If you are interested in receiving technical assistance related to the guide and/ or the action planning process, please feel free to contact myself (megan.cote@hknc.org) or Mark Schalock (schalom@wou.edu). We can offer a call for a group of states or individual states. Either way, we are here to help!

Also, if after viewing the KanLovKids webinar you’d like to have a group discussion about your work in Community Programs, please e-mail me or comment below and we’d be happy to organize a call for states interested in hearing from one another and brainstorming possible solutions for your work.

Finally, each month we plan to send out a forum post to 1) share materials that may be helpful to you in your work; and 2) keep you updated on our progress. Here are a few resources that we thought would be helpful to you…

Improving Outreach to Primary Referral Sources (TRACE Practice Guide) - http://www.puckett.org/Trace/practiceguides/practiceguides_vol1_no3.pdf
This is a 5-page guide with lots of good tips for improving outreach.

What Does Your Child See? What Does Your Child Hear? - https://nationaldb.org/materials/page/2092/8
This is a one-page information sheet from Colorado with risk factors for vision and hearing loss and charts describing typical vision and language development.

Hold Everything! Twenty “Stay-Put” Play Spaces for Infants and Preschoolers with Sensory Impairments and Other Special Needs - https://www.ohiodeafblind.org/images/publications/Hold_Everything_Final_11-7-14.pdf
The goal of this booklet is to provide parents and early childhood educators with
20 initial ideas for developing “stay-put” play spaces for infants and young children with sensory impairments and other special needs. The intended purpose is that readers will use some of these ideas and go on to develop additional creative approaches that will encourage self-initiated exploration, play and learning.

Communication Factsheets for Parents - https://nationaldb.org/library/page/535
A document from NTAC consisting of over 25 factsheets on communication topics and methods. This might be good for parents or service providers to get an idea of all the options out there. It's also available in Spanish.

Hoping everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

Megan Cote

Posted Dec 1, 2016 by Megan Cote

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