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Ready, Set, Push! Birthing the PSP Pilot

Lisa Cloninger, MSW, Mecklenburg CDSA Unit Supervisor Did you know that the gestation period for a cow is 10 months? For dolphins, it’s 12 months. For elephants, 18 to 22 months. The winner is the octopus, though. It has a gestation period of 4.5 years! Believe it or not, we have been working on coaching […]

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Community Cafe

A Conversation About Evidenced-Based Practices in Early Intervention

Joey Bishop-Manton, Director, Mecklenburg CDSA On November 30th a passionate and vocal group of folks invested in early intervention met for a Community Café at the Mecklenburg County CDSA.  Community Cafes are modeled after the World Café whose tag line is “To Shape Our World through Conversations that Matter.”  Kind of heady stuff but we […]

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COWs Want To Know What Coaching Looks Like, Too!

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA We had another great COW, or Concept of the Week, discussion here at the Mecklenburg County CDSA, and yes, it still makes me happy to say we had a cow!  🙂  Anyway, we were focused this time on characteristics of coaching and what it does […]

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I’m Gonna Be a Master Coach…..Oh Dear….

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA OK, bear with me.  I’m freaking out a little having a reflective moment about my upcoming journey of becoming a Master Coach so I can learn more about providing support around coaching interactions to other professionals to enhance their practices with children and families.  For […]

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Which Comes First, Medical Needs or Family Routines? A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA The weather is certainly cooling down here in Charlotte, but that didn’t stop us from having a great discussion last month here at our Table Talk Wednesday event!  We decided to spend some time focusing on supports and services for families when children have more […]

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Coaching: What’s Not to Like? (Ode to the End of Master Coach Training)

Written by Cris Loesser, Unit Supervisor, Mecklenburg County CDSA The second cohort of M’Lisa Sheldon and Dathan Rush’s Master Coach training was coming to an end.  For the past six months, I had been learning how to coach other Early Interventionists to become coaches to families.  Despite being a total rookie, or maybe because of […]

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Making Something Out of Nothing – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA We have officially started our third year of hosting Table Talk Wednesday events here in Mecklenburg County – yay us!  After getting iced out back in February, we knew we wanted to try again and talk about assistive technology and how to use what families […]

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Keep Calm and Reflect On…Then It’s Your Turn to Share

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA The struggle is real, folks.  You’ve likely had that moment with families when you’re asking about daily routines and how a child is participating in each one, making sure to talk about how all areas of development tie into them all.  Then it happens – you […]

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Diversity with a Difference – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Wow, summer is not joking around this year!  We got together a few weeks ago for our monthly Table Talk Wednesday event here in Charlotte, NC, and boy, was it hot!  Fortunately, we had ice cream to help cool us off as we talked about […]

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Your “Stuff” as an Early Interventionist – What’s Your Take?

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much respect I have for the people surrounding my work, both directly and indirectly.  I get to hear about people’s experiences locally, from around the state, and nationally – I even got a call from an out-of-state […]

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