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Just this morning I realized that today’s post would be our 100th! That’s a big milestone for what started out as a small blog from one state’s Sign:100thprofessional development team . We are so very proud that this blog is reaching early intervention providers and others across Virginia, providers across the US and in other countries around the world. We have grown since starting the blog in April 2012 to a following of 450 subscribers (plus those who follow our RSS feed). Nothing could be more rewarding than hearing from people who follow the blog and use the strategies successfully with families or use blog posts to stimulate discussion during staff development or workshops!

We Want Your Ideas for Future Topics!

This post is short and sweet because, really, I’d like to tap into YOUR ideas about future topics and categories that we could address here on the blog. What is important to you that we haven’t yet discussed? What hot topics pop into your head when you think about early intervention? Are there topics we’ve covered that you’d like to know more about?

Leave a Suggestions & Enter our Book Give-Away!

To make this a little more fun and to try something new, we’re having a drawing for 2 fantastic resources! When you leave a suggestion for a future topic idea below in a comment, you’ll be entered into the give-away drawing. Two winners will be randomly chosen to receive a free copy of either:

So, let’s hear those ideas!! Be sure to scroll down and click on the box to continue to follow comments on this post to find out if you win!

THANK YOU for supporting our work! 🙂


The winners of the drawings will be randomly chosen from the list of comments and will be announced on this post on January 16th – EXTENDED TO JAN 30TH!. Winners will be asked to email me their contact information privately so that the books can be shipped to the correct addresses. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at dcchildress@vcu.edu   

8 comments on “A Book Give-Away to Celebrate our 100th Post!

  • Cori Hill says:

    YIPEE and Congrats, Dana!

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  • Cheryl m says:

    I really enjoy your blog and often recommend it to my OT and EI friends. I think that “day in the life” posts and information about creating functional ifsp goals are helpful for students. Early identification of autism is always a hot topic. Information about transition to iep services is also helpful for practitioners and parents. Thanks for your work, congrats on reaching 100!

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    • I’m so glad that you find the blog useful, Cheryl! Thanks for the great ideas for topics – you’ve given us quite a few. I think we’ve tackled some of these once but I love the idea of digging in more deeply!

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  • Jessica Rice CCC-SLP says:

    I also find the insight from this blog incredibly helpful! As a fairly new EI provider, I’d love to get everyone’s tips on finding ways to engage the 2 year old child who has problems letting the therapist lead in play activities. For example, the child is coloring with me and reaches for the crayon I am using. I withhold the crayon and model the request “please” with both the word and making him sign “please” to request. The child will tantrum if the therapist (or parent) waits at all to see if he will ask on his own. We have been doing this for a while. Any other ideas to help him understand he needs to try to ask instead of grabbing?

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    • Thanks for such a specific idea, Jessica! That is a common situation that requires really good timing with knowing just how long to withhold before the tantrum starts. There’s usually a lot going on too because you are teaching the child how to wait (even just a second) and how to use his body to communicate. I’ll plan to tackle this one in early January so stay tuned! 🙂

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  • David Munson says:

    Congrats on this impressive milestone! As you are aware we use the “blog-log’s” regularly with EI professionals and they have been well-received.

    One area of challenge for most of us; being aware of boundaries as our relationships with families develop. Some families disclose more and more intimate details of their lives and thus view the early interventionist as a friend and confidant.

    We discussed the previous boundaries blog (being invited to parties and such)and how to walk the fine line between a professional relationship and an implied personal relationship. We’d appreciate more insight into setting boundaries effectively, particularly with families who have a very small circle of informal supports (close family and friends)on their eco-maps.

    Thanks!

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  • We have 3 winners! Since Cheryl, Jessica, and David took the time to share their feedback, I’d like to thank each of them!

    If each of you could email me privately with your address and your choice of which monograph you would like, I’ll get them in the mail asap!

    Thanks so much for your support of the blog and keep the ideas coming!

    Dana
    dcchildress@vcu.edu

    PS: Thanks to Cori too but since we work together, I guess I’ll just have to send you a big smiley face! 🙂

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