2H. Presenting the NEW Early Start Service Coordination Handbook!
Angela McGuire and Jennifer Teykaerts, WestEd
Remember Cordi and Nate, the service coordinator spokespersons from the Early Start Service Coordinator Handbook? Well, they’ve retired. The NEW Early Start Service Coordination Handbook is ‘coming online.’ This session will provide an orientation to the organization and roll-out schedule of the new Handbook, demonstrate how to access chapters, and introduce currently available chapters. Participants are invited to engage in interactive discussions about how they might use the Handbook and provide suggestions on future training utilizing the Handbook.
2I. Reflective Practice and Sustainability… Let Me Think About That
Monica Mathur-Kalluri, WestEd; Carina Chaij and Arushie Nagapitiya, San Andreas Regional Center; Karin Crosby, Santa Clara County Office of Education; Trudy Grable, Parents Helping Parents
Reflective practice… taking time to think about our work and make it better in the future. Who has time for that? You do. This session provides the opportunity for managers and supervisors to engage in a facilitated conversation with peers around the barriers to and supports for reflective practice. Are the barriers technical or adaptive? How can they be addressed? Ideas generated will be transcribed and disseminated to participants for future action.
2J. Support for Developmental and Behavioral Screening in California: A Panel Discussion
Jennifer Miller, WestEd; Karen Finello, Statewide Screening Collaborative; Alise Paillard, California Developmental Screening Network; Heather Little, Help Me Grow California; Monica Adrian, Merced County Office of Education
This facilitated panel presentation discusses key initiatives in California that support the development of robust, responsive screening and referral systems to identify infants and toddlers who may benefit from Early Start and/or other community-based programs designed to support children and their families. Representatives from California initiatives will describe their focus, activities, outcomes and technical assistance opportunities in support of early identification and access to services and how stakeholders can be involved. Presenters will dedicate time for audience ‘Questions and Answers.’
2K. Ecomaps: Charting Your Way to Understanding the Family
Ross Adams, WestEd; Debbie Whitmer, Early Intervention Consultant
An ecomap is a tool to describe the elements impacting the lives of a child and family in an organized and visual way. Ecomaps diagram key social and personal relationships for a child and family. But when and how do you use them? This session provides an introduction to ecomaps and a hands-on opportunity to practice creating one. Come ready to ask questions and share!
2L. Movin’ on Up: From Natural Environments to the Least Restrictive Environment
Kim Pierce and Vanessa Oamelda, San Andreas Regional Center; Dr. Wendy Hacke, Franklin-McKinley School District
As children and families transition from Early Start, the vocabulary changes… and then so does the focus. This session explains the difference between natural environments for early intervention services and the least restrictive environment for a child’s educational placement. Discussion will include importance of early referral to the Family Resource Center, how to educate and support the family to prepare for transition, strategies for collaborative transition planning to facilitate positive relationships between the family and education agency personnel, and various service models for education and related services in the least restrictive environment.
2M. What’s New in Accessing Insurance for Early Start Services
Katie Hornberger, Disability Rights California
Accessing insurance for Early Start services continues to be a complicated process for both service coordinators and families. What impact can be expected from federal policy and budgetary changes? This session will cover information concerning the use of public or private insurance for early intervention therapy services. Presenters will discuss developmental vs. medical services, covered services, what to do when there are no providers available in the network, and what to do when a service is denied.
2N. Supporting Families Whose Children Have Medically Fragile Conditions
Wendy Longwell, Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California; Debbie Salazar, San Andreas Regional Center
Families of children who have medically fragile conditions experience frightening, complicated, and often ongoing threats to their children’s health. The conditions are emotionally challenging for both families and service providers. This session defines medically fragile conditions and how they may impact the delivery of services. Presenters will also offer strategies for supporting families, responding appropriately to ‘hard to hear’ news and comments about a child’s condition, and facilitating the participation of medical professionals (pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, etc.) on the IFSP team.