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Are They Just Not That Into Me? – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA We took a little breather around the end of the year, and we came into January ready to tackle a new subject for our Table Talk Wednesday event – what happens when we get the feeling that a family doesn’t want to participate in early intervention […]

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To iPad, or Not to iPad….That is the Question – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA If you’re looking for a great place to have a conversation about early intervention experiences in the field, as well as an opportunity to learn from your peers, look no further!  Table Talk Wednesdays are the place to be, and this month’s event was certainly one […]

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An Infant’s Challenge with Sickle Cell Disease

Written by Nia Imani-Pontes, CMSW, Service Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Imagine you’re visiting with a family, and you and the parent observe the infant trying to pick up one of his toys.  The mother shares that her son has been fussy for some time.  Upon closer observation, you both notice that his hands are swollen, and each time […]

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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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Movin’ On Up – Transitions from Early Intervention

Written by Kimberly Williams, Service Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Picture it – James will be 3 years old in a few months, and his parents are planning a birthday party and their ‘transition’ out of the Infant-Toddler Program.  This can be an exciting time, but transition can also be scary and confusing for some families.  Transition means […]

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This is the IFSP that Jack’s Team Built

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA In early intervention, everything we do has to be tied to a family’s ability to function more successfully in their daily routines and activity settings.  Sure, families come to us because some specific concern for their child – maybe this little guy was referred because his pediatrician felt […]

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Written by John Ellis, Director, Mecklenburg County CDSA “Just what the doctor ordered” is a phrase we use to describe a proposed remedy that seems to be working to address a problem.  It can also refer to the prescription that often times accompanies a physician’s referral of a child to early intervention.  But do we always find […]

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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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Siblings, Who Invited Them to the Party? – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Well, folks, we have officially completed the last of our Table Talk Wednesday events for the first year of EI Excellence, and what a year it has been!  We have rounded out our topics with a rich discussion about how to include siblings when working with […]

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The Tiniest of Them All….Preemies – A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA We serve all different types of families who come to us for different reasons, and at our Table Talk Wednesday events, we’ve covered so many wonderful topics.  This time, we talked about families who have premature infants in the home.  Ruth LaRoche, Physical Therapist with First […]

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