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One year old baby boy wearing a Happy New Year top hat.

It’s Not About Us in 2016

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA;  Additional contribution by Peggy Kemp, Infant-Toddler Technical Assistance Specialist, Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) Happy New Year everyone!  EI Excellence is excited to be heading into the new year with new ideas and thinking about new ways to connect with early intervention professionals around the […]

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EI for the Holidays! A Table Talk Wednesday Recap

Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA Oh, the weather outside is….well…pretty mild, but getting cooler here in Mecklenburg County!  We got together for our Table Talk Wednesday event last month to talk about EI for the Holidays, and our facilitators were ready with a great frame-up for us.  Lennie Latham, Program […]

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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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What’s Your Definition of Home?

Written by Kesha Lynch, MSW, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA When early intervention professionals hear the term “natural environment” as it relates to supporting children and families, settings such as the family’s home, park, playground, or child care center may come to mind.  But what does “home” really mean?  What happens when we are […]

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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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“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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Mythbusters: But Someone Told Me….

Written by Lindsey Moss, MSW, LCSW and Unit Supervisor, Mecklenburg County CDSA As a parent of a young child and an early intervention professional, I am reminded daily that being a parent is quite arguably one of the hardest jobs.  Parents have the awesome responsibility of not only keeping another human alive, but they are also charged […]

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Where is Your Courage?

Written by John Ellis, Director, Mecklenburg County CDSA I had the experience recently of being invited to do a brief presentation on early intervention to a local parents’ group for families with infants and toddlers with disabilities.  I was excited to get the invitation, as I had been trying to meet with their new parents’ group […]

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