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Shout Out to Social Workers!

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA, with contributions from some of our great social workers at the Mecklenburg County CDSA 🙂 There are so many great things about having a website like EI Excellence, and one of them is realizing how many opportunities we have to cheer each other on in […]

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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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When IFSPs Start in the NICU

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month, or NICA for short.  When I look back over the NICU blogs that we’ve posted over the last 2 years, I realize how much I love the different perspectives you can take on these babies who are fighting […]

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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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A Closer Look at Coaching in Natural Learning Environments

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Here in Mecklenburg County, NC, we have completed the second refresher training in how to coach families in natural learning environments, and we got to spend another day with none other than M’Lisa Shelden, PT, PhD, and Dathan Rush, EdD, CCC-SLP. If you remember, we posted […]

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Bumbos, Bouncy Seats, and Baby Walkers

Written by Ashiya Hassan, DPT, PCS, Mecklenburg County CDSA As providers of early intervention services, parents often ask our opinion on the use of various types of positioning equipment for their child. Sometimes the parent initiates the conversation, and other times the provider may find an opportunity to share suggestions. Here is a discussion about three […]

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To iPad, or Not to iPad….That is the Question – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA If you’re looking for a great place to have a conversation about early intervention experiences in the field, as well as an opportunity to learn from your peers, look no further!  Table Talk Wednesdays are the place to be, and this month’s event was certainly one […]

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An Infant’s Challenge with Sickle Cell Disease

Written by Nia Imani-Pontes, CMSW, Service Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Imagine you’re visiting with a family, and you and the parent observe the infant trying to pick up one of his toys.  The mother shares that her son has been fussy for some time.  Upon closer observation, you both notice that his hands are swollen, and each time […]

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Lost? Use an Eco-map!

Written by AnneLouise O’Brien, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA No, an eco-map won’t geographically lead you to a family’s home, but it is a way to get to know a family better once you are in their home.  In our work as early interventionists, we spend a lot of time looking at a child’s skills in the context […]

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This is the IFSP that Jack’s Team Built

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA In early intervention, everything we do has to be tied to a family’s ability to function more successfully in their daily routines and activity settings.  Sure, families come to us because some specific concern for their child – maybe this little guy was referred because his pediatrician felt […]

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