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February 2018 Update

Early Identification and Referral

February 2018 Update

Early Identification and Referral

This page was last updated on Feb 1, 2018 at 9:17 am

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Happy February Everyone!

Here are some updates/learning opportunities we wanted to share … 

1) In case you missed the forum post a few weeks ago, we want to make sure you are aware that the DEC has a new position statement on Low Birth Weight (LBW), Prematurity, and Early Intervention. Download the revised position statement.

2) National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) recently added materials from their December 12, 2017 webinar (“Harnessing the Potential of Multiple Languages & Family Partnerships in Early Childhood Intervention & Special Education”) to their resource library. 

3) Have you seen “The Sooner the Better: A Framework for Training Early Intervention Practitioners on Deaf-Blindness”? If you are a state deaf-blind project and haven’t explored the wealth of resources it contains, you are missing out! In October 2017, Jennifer Bigelow-Stambaugh, Family Support Coordinator for DeafBlind Central gave a presentation on deaf-blindness to preschool teachers at the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Conference. She used the framework to help her prepare. Topics included:

•An overview of combined vision and hearing loss

•The diversity of the population

•The impact of deaf-blindness on early development 

•Incidental learning

•State and national resources to support early intervention and school teams

Here’s what she had to say about the training …

When I reviewed the EI Framework, I realized there were existing training materials for most of what I planned to present. I used portions of the IN Part 1 training and the PA Webinar and formatted them into a new slide presentation. I also provided an overview of DeafBlind Central services and national resources (including NCDB). My audience was very small, so I was able to do a couple of simulations with them, too. As a result of the training, I identified a child with deaf-blindness not previously known to our project and am working on the possibility of more.

Congrats to Jennifer on her successful training!

4) Please join us on March 7 @ 12 PT for a webinar called “Making Connections:  Vermont’s Early Intervention Partnerships.” Emma Nelson, Project Director for the Vermont Sensory Access Project, and members of the VT I-Team will provide an overview of their partnership. The I-Team is an interdisciplinary team co-funded by Part C and Medicaid Match. Over the past three years, the I- Team has partnered closely with the deaf-blind project to address outcomes identified from NCDB's Early Identification and Referral Self-Assessment Guide. Together, the projects have increased identification and referral of deaf-blind infants and toddlers in VT. 

Hope you have a great month!


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