Welcome to Coach2Go, our ongoing blog to help point you in the right direction so you can provide the best supports to children and families! This is where you’ll find functional, in-the-moment strategies that give more what-does-it-look-like support – literally, a Coach2Go, right in your pocket! Keep calm, and read on…..


Early Intervention from a “Seasoned” Perspective

Written by Ilene Sherry, Speech-Language Pathologist, Mecklenburg County CDSA “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.  It cannot be changed without changing our thinking”                            -Albert Einstein Oh, the twists and turns our fields have gone through in the past thirty years, and I have taken all the turns.  […]

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They Just Don’t Seem That Into Me

Written by Joey Bishop-Manton, Clinical Supervisor, Mecklenburg County CDSA You get to a scheduled visit and the family isn’t home.  This has happened before. Or…they are at home, but they are taking care of other things while you are there (laundry, phone calls, etc.).  Or…they don’t seem comfortable showing you things, trying things that you […]

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Sunscreen, Check. Flip Flops, Check. IFSP, Check. Wait, What?

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Summertime is a great time of year for doing all kinds of new things – families’ schedules tend to change some with older kids being out of school, days are longer, and there are lots of opportunities to support families in new routines.  Vacations and family […]

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Engaging Families When an Interpreter is Needed

Written by Sheena Jennings and Maria Zuluaga It is important for early interventionists to ensure a family’s participation on the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) team throughout all aspects of the program including: referral, evaluation and assessment, intervention planning, ongoing provision of supports and services, and transition.  The importance of the family’s role as partners […]

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But I Thought I was Working with Kids?

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA When you first hear about early intervention, you hear about the program’s focus on children under the age of 3 with delays in their development or that have other established conditions, right?  That’s wonderful – what’s better than working with infants and toddlers to help them […]

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Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Hi!  Welcome to EI Excellence, a premier location for professionals to get the most up-to-date information on the implementation of early intervention supports and services for infants and toddlers and their families.  The purpose of this site is to bring us all together and keep us […]

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Writing for the Blog……

Thanks for your interest in writing for the EI Excellence blog – we appreciate your willingness to take the time to share your perspective as an EI professional!  Here are a few parameters to help guide you as you send us your thoughts….. Keep it routines-based:  Our goal is to be consistent and in line […]

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