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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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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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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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Using Reflective Questions to Empower Parents – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA The sun was out, and we were raring to go for this month’s Table Talk Wednesday event as we talked about using reflective questions with families as we’re providing supports.  We had Maria Kosuda, Speech-Language Pathologist with the CDSA, and Sarah Turza, Developmental Specialist with the […]

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Cringe-Worthy Moments – What’s Your Take?

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA OK, people, time to share the dirt.  We recently had a fantastic training with Dr. M’Lisa Sheldon and Dr. Dathan Rush from FIPP where we were discussing our role with families as coaches in early intervention (recap blog coming soon….stay tuned!).  They shared a great story […]

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Crossing Boundaries – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Well, we started off our last Table Talk Wednesday event of 2014 with record-low temperatures the night before here in Charlotte, but we still ended up with new faces and a great conversation!  Elizabeth Rodriguez, CBRS Provider with Dreamweavers, helped us get started with Diane McClung, Sr. […]

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There’s a Line – What’s Your Take?

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Last week, we had an amazing Table Talk Wednesday event where we were discussing boundaries when working with families as early intervention professionals.  As I am putting together that Recap, I wonder what other thoughts are out there from folks who weren’t able to attend.  Here are […]

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Coaching with Interpreters – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA We talk a lot about coaching and working with a wide variety of families, so it made sense for us to have a Table Talk Wednesday event so folks could talk more about what this looks like when we are supporting families that don’t speak English.  […]

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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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“I talk with words and listen with my ears. My Daddy talks with signs and listens with his eyes.”

Written by Lindsey Gregory, Service Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA I asked my stepdaughter, Kaitlyn, what makes her relationship with her dad so special.  Her response, as she rolled her eyes and gave me the you-wouldn’t-understand look was, “I talk with words and listen with my ears.  My Daddy talks with signs and listens with his eyes.” […]

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