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 professional 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 …

Sitting Around the Campfire
Here you are sitting around the campfire with good friends after an exhausting day….just staring at the flickering flame.  Each person sitting around this circle is lost in his or her own thoughts, drifting miles away.  Then someone pulls out a big log, pokes the embers, blows on them, strategically places the …

The phone rings and Carole answers, expecting the caller to be referring a new child to the early intervention program. She knows she’s correct when she hears the nervous voice of a new mother telling her that her doctor said to call. When the mother asks for information about the program, Carole replies, “We work …

A new pediatric practice has just opened in your city and expressed an interest in meeting with staff from your EI program. This practice identifies itself as a “medical home” for children and you wonder, “What does that mean?” As far as you can tell, the physician and her staff are very interested in building a …

Sam is a service coordinator who works in a large EI program in a metropolitan area. He typically supports about 75 families at a time and his program requires him to make monthly contacts with all of the families. Sam does his best to keep track of everyone’s needs, but has moments when he feels like …

It’s one of our most important timelines in early intervention – the 45-day timeline. It’s also a timeline that service coordinators and local system managers/administrators must keep “on their radars” with families entering early intervention systems. Here are a few important things to know about this timeline:
The 45-day timeline is a family right and safeguard.
The 45-day …

A typical day as a local early intervention system manager might involve reviewing contracts with service provider agencies, attending meetings to build networks, supervising staff, conducting record reviews, reviewing the budget for an upcoming report to the state office, squeezing in an intervention visit or two (if you also wear the hat of a service coordinator …

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