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New Framework for Training Early Intervention Practitioners
Early Identification and Referral
I want to thank everyone who was able to join the webinar on Wednesday, April 19, to learn about an exciting new product, The Sooner the Better: A Framework for Training Early Intervention Practitioners on Deaf-Blindness. The framework offers a collection of online resources that state deaf-blind projects can use to provide customized training and technical assistance to early intervention providers, project staff, and families. The resources address identification of children with combined vision and hearing loss, key instructional strategies, and developmental domains used by early interventionists.
The 60-minute webinar provided a brief overview of the history of the EI&R work conducted by NCDB, other products on the NCDB site related to EI&R, an orientation to The Sooner the Better framework, and a description of technical assistance available from NCDB. Here is the link to the webinar recording, presentation slides, and closed captioning transcript: https://nationaldb.org/library/page/2670. I strongly recommend watching it. Elizabeth Bell did a fantastic job of explaining how to navigate through the different sections of the framework.
Now, this is where it gets really exciting . . . In response to state deaf-blind project requests for opportunities to share their experiences regarding the use of The Sooner the Better” and the EI&R Self-Assessment Guide (used to assess early identification and referral needs and strengths in a specific state), we are offering three different forms of TA:
1) Individual state-specific TA by NCDB staff related to The Sooner the Better framework or the Self-Assessment Guide
2) A discussion group for state project personnel about ways The Sooner the Better framework can be packaged to meet the learning needs of professionals and families in individual or collaborating states
3) A discussion group for state project personnel on completing the Self-Assessment Guide and developing an action plan
If you are interested in signing up for any of these options, please complete the following: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3505888/EI-R-TA. NCDB will gather the information and create an initial meeting for each discussion group based on the feedback we receive.
I would like to thank the following Part C Work Group members again for their commitment to making this product a reality:
Danna Conn (TN)
Carol Darrah (GA)
Rose Moehring (SD)
Emma Nelson (VT)
Sherri Nelson (ND)
Lisa Poff (IN)
Barbara Purvis (former Initiative Lead)
We hope you have fun looking through the content and customizing it to meet the needs of providers and families in your state! If you have materials to add, please send them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope that this product will continue to grow over time and be a useful aid in your work with infants and toddlers with combined vision and hearing loss.