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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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Rules to Engagement: Relationships Built on Respect and Relevance

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA;  Additional contribution by AnneLouise O’Brien, Social Worker and Evaluator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Here at the Mecklenburg County CDSA, we are fortunate to have a system in place that allows us to get together on a monthly basis, as a whole agency, to learn about different […]

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Rules to Engagement – It’s Not Just a Language Barrier

Written by Andrea Matias-Lemoine, Service Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA What if you were to wake up tomorrow morning in a country where you do not know the language, culture, laws, and system… ?  What if, in addition to that, you have a child with special needs and desperately need assistance?  Where do you go?  Who do […]

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Rules to Engagement: Families in the NICU

Written by Michelle Allen, Service Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA So you have a referral that comes to you for a baby that is still in the hospital.  You are scheduling your visits and preparing yourself for next steps.  The parents you see might at first seem scared, defensive, unsure, or feeling helpless.  But what you […]

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