Building Capacity and Tailoring Practice with Families as Foundation for Providing Best Practices in Early Intervention Services Under IDEA

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Serving infants and toddlers and their families is the core of Part C under IDEA. Early motor delays have an increased risk for developmental delays in visual motor perception, social-emotional, and cognitive domains. Physical therapists in early intervention can assist families understanding of their child’s strengths and abilities so that families help their children develop and learn. The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) have recommended practice areas and special monograph series that guide practitioners in working with families. These document support promotion of the active participation of families in decision-making related to their child and development of a service plan for achieving the goals they hold for their child. In this interactive session, participants will learn about tools to help engage families to focus on intervention strategies in their natural enviornment. The session will challenge providers to think about their interactions with the child's family and how those interactions strengthen a family’s ability to support learning. Family-centered practices, family capacity-building practices and family and professional collaboration will be discussed with case examples. Participants will walk away with resources and tools to build capacity and tailor practice with families in their natural environment for best practice under IDEA.


Chattanooga, TN

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