EI on the Fly

A podcast focused on all things Early Intervention

Series 2 Episode 5 - Helping One Another Learn and Grow

In our last episode in this series, Sarah Nichols from the Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois joins us to talk about the importance of team members helping one another learn and grow. We’ll chat about formal and informal learning opportunities and share ideas for learning with colleagues and family members. 

Series 2 Episode 4 - Communicating Openly and Honestly

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Series 2 Episode 3 - Valuing and Respecting Team Members

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Naomi Younggren, consultant with the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA Center), to talk about the importance of showing that we value and respect our team members, including family members, colleagues, and agency partners. Strategies and stories to help you reflect on this component of teaming and addressing challenges are shared.


To learn more about teaming and collaboration please check out the Universal Online Part C Early Intervention Curriculum, Early Intervention-Early Childhood Professional Development

Community of Practice Teaming Tidbits online module at https://tinyurl.com/universalEITeamingTidbits.

Series 2 Episode 2 - Sharing Common Tasks & Understanding Unique Roles among Team Members

In episode 2, we discuss how early intervention teams share common tasks and understand the unique roles of team members. Strategies for overcoming challenges related to how teams collaborate are shared and the importance of recognizing what each person brings to the team, including family members, is emphasized.

 

To learn more about teaming and collaboration please check out the Universal Online Part C Early Intervention Curriculum, Early Intervention-Early Childhood Professional Development
Community of Practice Teaming Tidbits online module at https://tinyurl.com/universalEITeamingTidbits.

Series 2 Episode 1 – Understanding the Team’s Shared Purpose

This episode launches our series on teaming and collaboration with a discussion about the importance of early intervention teams understanding their shared purpose, which is to work together to support families. We are joined by two guests: Rachel Moyer-Trimyer, Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, and Cori Hill, Project Director and Early Intervention Training Specialist from Virginia’s EI professional development team with the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VA Commonwealth University. We explore what it looks like when teams share this purpose and strategies you can use to facilitate this shared understanding with colleagues and family team members.

 

To learn more about teaming and collaboration please check out the Universal Online Part C Early Intervention Curriculum, Early Intervention-Early Childhood Professional Development
Community of Practice Teaming Tidbits online module at https://tinyurl.com/universalEITeamingTidbits.

Episode 8 - What Functional Assessment Means to Supervisors, Practitioners, and Families

Description: In our final episode in this series, we hear from an early intervention program supervisor and practitioners who have also been parents receiving intervention. They share their thoughts and experiences as they answer the question, “What does functional assessment mean to you?”

 

Episode 7 - Ongoing Functional Assessment

In this episode, we discuss how to integrate ongoing functional assessment into your work with families during service delivery. We describe why and how to conduct it as a collaborative process with a family and model this process by discussing a challenging situation. We  review how the components of functional assessment help you monitor progress, address outcomes in family activities and interactions, be responsive to family updates and changing priorities, and help the family reflect on their efforts with their child during and between visits.

Episode 6 - Functional Assessment and the Initial IFSP

In episode 6, we discuss how functional assessment contributes to the development of the initial Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). We imagine different scenarios that illustrate (or do not illustrate) functional assessment practices during this important part of the early intervention process.

Episode 5 - Implicit Bias

In episode 5, we discuss implicit biases and the importance of building our awareness of how our experiences and perceptions affect what we bring to functional assessment. We define implicit bias and discuss how to recognize it in the context of interactions with families. We also emphasize the importance of reflecting on how bias impacts our perceptions, behaviors, and attitudes so we can be more successful with “meeting families where they are.”

Episode 4: Active Listening

In episode 4, we define active listening and discuss the importance of listening to families as they share information. We explore examples and strategies to help early intervention practitioners build their active listening skills, emphasizing the HEAR model to guide practices.

 

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