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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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Rules to Engagement: Are They Really In Denial?

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Families feel a lot of things when we’re involved in their lives as early interventionists, and it’s important to validate those feelings throughout our time with them.  Some are happy we’re there, some aren’t so stoked to have us around, and some probably don’t really […]

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So, You Have to Make the Call – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Happy New Year to all of our Table Talk Wednesday fans!  Luckily for us, our first event of the year came just in time – 2 more days and Icemaggeddon 2016 was upon us!  We had great attendance for our second discussion about working with […]

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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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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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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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