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Building a Statewide Community of Caring. Using Technology to Promote Communication and Collaboration within the NC Early Intervention System Joshua J. Alexander, MD, Juliellen Simpson-Vos, M.Ed, and Libby Rogers, LPT . TelAbility (http://www.telability.org). An Internet-Based

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building a statewide community of caring

Building a StatewideCommunity of Caring

Using Technology to Promote Communication and Collaboration within the NC Early Intervention System

Joshua J. Alexander, MD,

Juliellen Simpson-Vos, M.Ed, and

Libby Rogers, LPT

telability http www telability org

TelAbility(http://www.telability.org)

An Internet-Based

Telehealth Program For

Young Children with Disabilities

building a community of practice

Buildinga Community of Practice

“A group of people who share a concern, set of problems, or passion about a topic and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interaction on an ongoing basis.”

watch

WATCH

Wake Area

Telehealth Collaborative

Helping Children

with special needs

watch includes
WATCH includes…
  • Inclusive Child Care Settings
  • Services Agencies
  • Residential Care Programs
  • State Agencies (CDSA and School system)
current programming

Current Programming

Website Content /Expertise Directory

List serv

Newsletters

Videoconferencing

what does the webpage do
What does the webpage do?
  • The webpage is a searchable database where anyone can select specific fields to find the services they need.
  • Agencies that match their needs will be sorted and listed.
  • When you click the link for the agency all the agency data will be provided.
other website features
Other Website Features
  • Expertise Directory
  • Handouts
  • Links
  • Calendar
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Videos
  • More!
videoconferencing
Videoconferencing

Videoconsults

Videoclinics

Point to point meetings

(administrative, family visits, etc.)

Professional Development Sessions

6 years of success in wilmington
6 Years of Successin Wilmington
  • January 2002-February 2008
    • In the past 6 years there have been a total of 98 videoconferences held between TelAbility and families and professionals in the Wilmington area.
videoclinic and videoconsults
Videoclinic and Videoconsults
  • 67 videoclinics/consults have been held
    • Involving 513 families, therapists, and medical personnel
    • Satisfaction level average =4.55 out of 5.0
    • Comfort level average = 4.94 out of 5.0
    • Families saved a total of over $7,000.00 in travel mileage and 215 hours in travel time.
    • Average savings per videoclinic is 309 miles ($156.00) and 5 hours in travel time.
administrative meetings
Administrative Meetings
  • 13 Administrative meetings have been held between the Early Intervention Branch, individual CDSA’s, Commissions, and Committees
    • Involving 98 administrators
    • Satisfaction level average = 4.2 out of 5.0
    • Administrators saved a total of $14,847 in travel mileage and 490 hours in travel time.
professional development opportunities
Professional Development Opportunities
  • 11 Professional Development opportunities have occurred with therapists in the Wilmington area
    • 56 area therapists have participated (including school system, private agencies, and CDSA staff)
    • Satisfaction level average =4.0 out of 5.0
    • Comfort level average =4.4 out of 5.0
    • Total mileage savings= $8,484
    • Total hours saved=616
professional development continued
Professional Development Continued..
  • Sessions were held free of charge to participants
  • Session were coordinated through TelAbility and with help from Libby Rogers
  • Infant Toddler Certification credit was offered for all sessions
  • Some of the session topics included:
    • The Use of Standardized Tests in Early Intervention
    • Gross Motor Delays for Children with Visual Impairments
    • Advanced Feeding Techniques
    • The Uses of Electrical Stimulation
    • Brachial Plexus
    • The Use of Theratogs
networking sessions
Networking Sessions
  • 7 Networking sessions have been held via videoconference
    • 35 people participated
    • Satisfaction level average= 4.5 out of 5.0
    • Comfort level average= 5.0 out of 5.0
    • Total mileage savings= $5,303
    • Total hours saved= 175
wilmington data recap
Wilmington Data Recap…
  • 97 videoconference sessions have been held between January 2002 and February 2008.
  • Approximately 700 people have participated in videoconference sessions.
  • Average Satisfaction level= 4.3 out of 5.0
  • Average Comfort level= 4.8 out of 5.0
  • Total driving hours saved=1,491
  • Total mileage savings= $35,300.
videoconference benefits for providers
Videoconference Benefits for Providers
  • Improves communication and care coordination efforts
  • Increases professional development and education opportunities
  • Increases collaboration with other locations and professionals
  • Reduces professional isolation across the state
  • Responsive to their needs and interests
  • Reduces travel time and costs
videoconference benefits for parents
Videoconference Benefits for Parents
  • Improves communication, education, and care coordination efforts
  • Responsive to their needs and interests
  • Reduces isolation
  • Reduces travel time and costs
  • Allows for long range care coordination (from IT program to Preschool to School system)
  • No extra charge to use the technology
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“Instead of all competing or working as separate entities, WATCH allows for us all to come together for the greater good of the child and family.”
watch2

WATCH2

Wake/Wilmington Areas

Telehealth Collaborative

Helping Children

with special needs