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A USER’S GUIDE TO EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES. Seminar II Simple Ways to Ensure Children Get Needed Early Intervention Services. Audiology Care Coordination Family Counseling Health Services Medical Diagnostic Services Nursing Services Nutrition Services Occupational Therapy.

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A user s guide to early intervention services

A USER’S GUIDE TO EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES

Seminar II

Simple Ways to Ensure Children Get Needed Early Intervention Services


Early intervention service options

Audiology

Care Coordination

Family Counseling

Health Services

Medical Diagnostic Services

Nursing Services

Nutrition Services

Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Psychological Support Services

Social Work

Speech/Language

Special Instruction

Technological Aides

Transportation

Vision services

Early InterventionService Options


Well qualified staff example speech pathologist
Well qualified staffexample: speech pathologist

  • Minimal qualifications include:

    • License from Hawai`i Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology to practice as a Speech Pathologist

    • Masters Degree from accredited college/university in speech pathology

    • License issued by State Dept of Commerce & Consumer Affairs to practice as a Speech Pathologist

    • One year of supervised experience providing speech pathology services.

    • Willing to work some evenings and Saturdays

    • Hawai`i Drivers License


An ei care coordinator
An EI Care Coordinator:

  • With family, establishes provider team

  • Facilitates the IFSP (Individual Family Support Plan)

  • Maintains team communication

  • Links family to other services & supports

  • Helps with transition at age three



Parent support
Parent Support

  • Emotional

  • Fiscal

  • Parent-to-Parent



Conveniently located services
Conveniently located services

  • At home

  • In a preschool or child care setting

  • At Cameron Center

  • At PHN offices

  • At other locations such as a library or park


Why is early intervention likely to be effective
Why is EARLY intervention likely to be effective?

  • Early brain development impacts later emotional, behavioral and cognitive outcomes

  • Parent education and training

  • “Windows” of opportunity to affect development


Quality research demonstrates effectiveness
Quality research demonstrates effectiveness

  • Low birth-weight / Premature birth

  • Vision problems

  • Hearing problems

  • Speech/language problems

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Autism

  • Down Syndrome



Concerned about a child s development

Concerned about a child’s development?

Research with parents shows there are

BETTER WAYS TO BREAK BAD NEWS.


Goals of initial conversation
GOALS OF INITIAL CONVERSATION

  • Parents clearly understand your concern

  • Communicate that parents are the primary decision-makers for their child

  • Reassure them that you will listen and consult with them

  • Prepare them for the next steps


Prepare

Invite both parents or a family member

Choose a private place

Schedule enough time

Review child’s record

Take a moment to calm yourself

PREPARE

calm


Communication tips

Check your body language and position

Keep language clear and simple

Speak slowly and repeat

Listen to parents

Reflect their emotions

Start with observable behavior/symptoms

Check that parents understand you

Describe concrete next steps

Communication tips






You can have input to and a copy of the individual family support plan ifsp
You can have input to and a copy of the Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP)

  • Child & family strengths & needs

  • Goals

  • Planned services & timeline

  • Evaluation of progress towards goals & service effectiveness


Ei services support
EI services support Support Plan (IFSP)

  • Child Development

  • Parent participation, family care coordination & emotional support

  • AND --- REFERRAL IS EASY!


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