You make a difference.
There it is. It’s a powerful thing and one that we can easily take for granted in the midst of paperwork, getting stuck in traffic between visits, going to meetings, and completing even more paperwork. You never know when you are going to provide support to a child and family that will …

Everywhere you turn right now, you hear or see an ad related to New Year’s resolutions. Did you know that 45% of people make resolutions but only 8% say that they are successful? In case you’ve made some resolutions for 2014, I thought I would help you get started on them by sharing some strategies you …

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 …

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 …

I could tell you that a great way to cultivate early intervention expertise is to take a workshop, read a book, join a community of practice or go to a conference. In fact, that’s how the first draft of this post read. The more I thought about this topic, though, the more I realized that …

In the most recent issue of Young Exceptional Children, Bonnie Keilty, Ed.D., wrote the “Voices from the Field” about using infant & toddler development and family systems as the framework for early intervention practice.  She suggested that building effective practices around child and family development, family functioning and family systems would help practitioners do two …

The last three posts in this series covered strategies for managing your time, organizing and prioritizing your work, and taking charge of your communication and your calendar. Now, in this final installment of this series, let’s think about how you take care of you!

We have all made this suggestion to the families we serve at …

Here in VA, we are so excited to release our new video series entitled Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach! These videos were professionally produced, are less than 7 min each, and are available for FREE on our professional development website or on our YouTube site. I’m going to give you a quick description of each video below. I encourage you …

The last two posts in this series covered strategies for managing your time and organizing and prioritizing your work. Now, let’s think about how to take charge of your communication and your calendar!
Tip #7: Take charge of your phone calls

Set the tone with your outgoing message

Manage caller’s expectations by letting them know when …