Archive | Family Engagement


Is There an App for That?

Written by Sarah Midgett, Speech-Language Pathologist, Mecklenburg County CDSA Technology.  It is all around us.  Our world is rapidly becoming pixilated and industrialized, online and plugged in.  School systems are issuing iPads and tablets to help children learn and have access to information.  Nowadays, technology is evolving faster than we could have ever dreamed.  “Smart” phones are now […]

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What Routine? – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Well, folks, we had another amazing Table Talk Wednesday event here in Mecklenburg County, and this time, we met to discuss family routines.  Facilitated by Stacy Campbell, Speech-Language Pathologist with Speech Center, and Nancy Higginson, Sr. Case Coordinator with the CDSA, we had a nice mix […]

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Top Ten Things for New Providers to Know

Written by Elaine Aldridge, Provider Contract Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA So the Service Coordinator (SC) is going to come to one of your intervention sessions…what’s a provider to do?  Not to worry, service coordinators aren’t coming to the “monitoring visit” to check up on you or to witness the “perfect” treatment session.  The SC is […]

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My Personal Evolution as an Early Intervention Therapist – Announcing the Much-Deserved Retirement of Mr. Potato Head

Written by Wendy Teal, Speech-Language Pathologist, Pediatric Theraplay, Inc. When I first started providing “natural environment” speech therapy, it looked a lot different from the model we have evolved to use today.  I had my trusty fallback toys like “Mr. Potato Head,” bubbles, and novel books and puzzles that I knew exactly how to use […]

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Is Your Mother Home? Great! How About Your Father?

Written by John Ellis, Director, Mecklenburg County CDSA On a recent home visit, Anna, an early intervention service coordinator, is surprised to find Jacob’s dad at home, in addition to his mom, for the scheduled IFSP review.  This is the first time that she has met Dad, as he is usually at work during the day […]

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Working with Families in Crisis

Written by Lindsey Moss, LCSWA, Mecklenburg County CDSA Being an early intervention provider allows us the unique opportunity of working with children and families in their most natural environment.  Through this approach, we are able to build close relationships with families, which ultimately helps us provide the most appropriate support and intervention.  While building these relationships, […]

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They Just Don’t Seem That Into Me

Written by Joey Bishop-Manton, Clinical Supervisor, Mecklenburg County CDSA You get to a scheduled visit and the family isn’t home.  This has happened before. Or…they are at home, but they are taking care of other things while you are there (laundry, phone calls, etc.).  Or…they don’t seem comfortable showing you things, trying things that you […]

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Sunscreen, Check. Flip Flops, Check. IFSP, Check. Wait, What?

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Summertime is a great time of year for doing all kinds of new things – families’ schedules tend to change some with older kids being out of school, days are longer, and there are lots of opportunities to support families in new routines.  Vacations and family […]

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Engaging Families When an Interpreter is Needed

Written by Sheena Jennings and Maria Zuluaga It is important for early interventionists to ensure a family’s participation on the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) team throughout all aspects of the program including: referral, evaluation and assessment, intervention planning, ongoing provision of supports and services, and transition.  The importance of the family’s role as partners […]

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