Early Intervention Study. Early Intervention Task Force Members: Carla Tanner, Ed.D., CSC Leslie Gudgel, Laura Dester Shelter, Neonatal Follow Up Clinic Kim Wofford, Parent Advocate; Laura Dester Shelter Suzie Drover, HeadStart Lyn Lucus, Family and Children Services, working with HeadStart
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Early Intervention Task Force Members:
Carla Tanner, Ed.D., CSC
Leslie Gudgel, Laura Dester Shelter, Neonatal Follow Up Clinic
Kim Wofford, Parent Advocate; Laura Dester Shelter
Suzie Drover, HeadStart
Lyn Lucus, Family and Children Services, working with HeadStart
Jan Figart, CSC
Sherlyn Walton, TARC, Family Support Coordinator
Zaida Castro-Kepford, TARC, Hispanic Outreach Specialist
Ellen Schmeder, SoonerStart Regional Director
Gina Ferman R.N., Regional Coordinator, Sooner Success, University of Oklahoma
DeeAnn Brown, Resource and Referral Specialist, CCRC
Brenda Butcher, Tulsa Health Department, Child Guidance Program
Colleen Ayers-Griffin, Tulsa Healthy Start, CSC
Barbara Fyfe, Parent Child Center of Tulsa
WHAT IS EARLY INTERVENTION?
WHY IS EARLY INTERVENTION IMPORTANT?
The available data emphasize the long-term cost effectiveness of early intervention. On a short-term basis, Early Intervention is more costly than traditional school-aged service delivery models. However, there are significant examples of long-term cost savings that result from early intervention programs.
Perry Preschool Project found that when schools invest about $3,000 for 1 year of preschool education for a child, they immediately begin to recover their investment through savings in special education services.
Approximately 17% percent of Oklahoma children have a disabling condition.
Two factors were identified as contributing to the disparity between estimated populations and those served.
WHAT IS DEVELOPMENTAL SURVEILLANCE AND SCREENING?
Screening relies on being able to access parental participation.
A diagnostic evaluation is a multifaceted process involving assessments, interviews, and observations.
A comprehensive evaluation includes:
Growing numbers of special needs children who are Hispanic
and whose families do not speak English.
A consistent comment by providers was that they didn’t communicate with each other. If a parent needed additional services, they didn’t feel confident that they were knowledgeable enough to refer them to available services.
In Tulsa County, that would be: