Contemporary Practices in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) will introduce the participants to the five essential elements of early childhood intervention. The participants will be provided procedures, documents, and strategies helpful in implementing these essential elements. A variety of videos will be used to illustrate key components. The schedule allows for opportunities to practice certain skills, discuss issues unique to Greek Early Intervention System and for clarification of key concepts. Four topical sessions will be completed, each having a practical component. A variety of resources will be provided to the participants for further information
Objectives of Training
Following this training the participants will be able to:
1. Describe the following key components of contemporary ECI:
- Family Centered Care
- Natural Environments
- Team Based Services
- Individualized Services
- Evidence Based Practice
2. Differentiate the purpose of gathering information: Identify children with a delay v. program planning
3. Describe the benefits and implementation of routines based interviewing
4. Identify the benefits and challenges of team based services
5. Create meaningful, functional outcome statements
6. Describe the Primary Service Provider model of service delivery
7. Describe a variety of ECI strategies that are implemented within the natural environment
Seminar Topics & Schedule
1. Training Topic: Early Intervention Essentials
Session will introduce participants to the essential elements of ECI: Family Centered Care, Natural Environments, Team Based Services, Individualized Services, and Evidence Based Practice. Emphasis will be on implementing family centered care within the natural environments using a team based model on contemporary practices.
Practical aspects: Teaming; Eco-mapping
2. Training Topic: Developing a Responsive, Family-Centered Intervention Plan
Session will provide skills on creating an intervention plan that is meaningful to the family and responds to the needs of the child. A process will be taught that incorporates how to collect functional information about the child and his/her routines, family concerns, priorities, and resources and how to organize information in a manner that links outcomes to services, strategies, and progress determination. The MEISR will be used as information collection systems.
Practical aspects: Completing a MEISR
Guest Speaker: Dr. Eleni Karantana, Developmental Pediatrician, Private Practitioner, MD, PhD
3. Training Topic: Creating Measurable, Functional Outcomes and Goals
Session will instruct participants in creating outcomes for young children from birth through age 7. Information from Developing High-Quality, Functional IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals from the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTACenter.org) will be used providing examples of forms and formats to develop outcomes and goals.
Practical aspects: Writing participation based outcomes
Guest Speaker: Manoli Chrysoula, Occupational Therapist
4. Training Topic: Implementing the Plan: Coaching, Transdisciplinary Services, and Primary Service Provider (PSP)
Session will instruct the participants in intervening with families using the primary service model. Coaching will be taught as the strategy that the PSP provides specific services.
Practical aspects: Coaching
Guest Speaker: Anna Iliadi, Occupational Therapist
Seminar is provided with ENG to GR oral Interpretation.
Toby Long, PhD, PT, FAPTA is Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University and Director of Professional Development at the Center for Child and Human Development. She is on faculty of the GU Minors in Education, Inquiry and Justice and Disability Studies. Dr. Long received her physical therapy degree from Boston University, a master’s degree in early childhood special education from George Washington University and a doctoral degree in human development from University of Maryland. She is on the editorial boards of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, and Infants and Young Children. She is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications including The Handbook of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Third Edition. Dr. Long is the recipient of a variety of prestigious awards including, the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Jeanne Fisher Distinguished Mentorship Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists, and the Bud Dehaven Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists. She was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow by the American Physical Therapy Association. Additionally, Dr. Long collaborates with colleagues on serving infants and toddlers with disabilities and delays using contemporary, evidenced based practices throughout Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Gulf region, and Asia. Dr. Long can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org