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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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“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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Off The Charts

Written by Audrey Midthun, Mother, Mecklenburg County There is a scale of measurement to gauge how a child is developing.  If you don’t know this before your children are born, you quickly learn it once they arrive.  It starts minutes after birth with the APGAR test.  How quickly are they responding to outside stimuli, and are […]

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From the NICU, to EI, and Beyond

Written by Raizel Kahn, Mother of 24-weeker triplets, Mecklenburg County Six years ago, I gave birth to triplet boys at 24 weeks, 0 days gestation.  Each weighed only 1 lb. 6 oz.  Two of the boys left the NICU after 100 days, and the third came home after 180 days with a trach and a home-health nurse. […]

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Life is Therapy!

Written by Christine Milano, LMHC, Mecklenburg County CDSA In a former life, I worked in the adult Serious and Persistent Mental Health/Substance Abuse field.  I was completely comfortable with 52-year-old men who struggled with Schizophrenia, flipping over tables at me during psychotic episodes…I was.  I understood that.  I could deal with that.  I then began […]

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“Welcome to My World”

Written by Melida Baldera, Service Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA I am surrounded by the repeating sound of a TV cartoon song named “64 Zoo Lane.”  My three-year-old daughter has been singing this song non-stop for about twenty minutes.  “Welcome to my World.”  I am not referring to the assessment tool which early intervention practitioners use as an open window […]

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