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Using Natural Learning Environment Practices in a Childcare Setting

Joey Bishop-Manton, Mecklenburg CDSA Director June’s Table Talk was an energetic and passionate discussion about “Using Natural Learning Environment Practices (NLEP) in Childcare Settings”.  Miranda Lord, CBRS provider from Easter Seals/UCP and Danielle Talford, Developmental Specialist from the CDSA did a great job of framing up the topic.  Clearly childcare is a natural setting for […]

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EI for the Holidays! A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Oh, the weather outside is….well…pretty mild, but getting cooler here in Mecklenburg County!  We got together for our Table Talk Wednesday event last month to talk about EI for the Holidays, and our facilitators were ready with a great frame-up for us.  Lennie Latham, Program […]

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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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We Can’t Forget About Dad – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA OK, Mecklenburg County, if you haven’t come to a Table Talk Wednesday event yet, you’re really missing out!  Our last event was one of our best yet with a full house as we talked about involving fathers in early intervention services.  Our facilitators did a […]

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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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What’s Your Definition of Home?

Written by Kesha Lynch, MSW, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA When early intervention professionals hear the term “natural environment” as it relates to supporting children and families, settings such as the family’s home, park, playground, or child care center may come to mind.  But what does “home” really mean?  What happens when we are […]

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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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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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