Presentation on theme: "Key Principles and Practices for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments: Reaching Consensus Joicey Hurth & Lynda Pletcher; National."— Presentation transcript:
1 Key Principles and Practices for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments: Reaching ConsensusJoicey Hurth & Lynda Pletcher;National Early Childhood TA CenterGrace Kelley;South East Regional Resource CenterDecember 3, 2007
2 Today’s Purpose Share and review work completed by CoP Work group Compare participants current practices in their state’s to the agreed upon principles and practicesDiscuss how this work could assist their state to enhance servicesDiscuss strategies and next steps
3 IntroductionOSEP sponsored TA Community of Practice-Part C Settings:Sponsored by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Dept. of Ed.This community facilitated by: National Early Childhood TA Center (NECTAC); Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC) and Region 6 Parent Information and Training Center (PTI)
4 The Identified NeedExamine the various “models” of providing services in natural environments- how are they the same?Reach consensus on key principles (foundations)Identify the research-base on effective practicesIdentify common practices and leanings that the research , model development projects and the “wisdom ”from the field suggestDescribe the agreed upon practices that are “model neutral”Describe some examples of how would you know this practices is being implemented
5 Community Of Practice Workgroup On Principles and Practices In Natural Environments Group of volunteers came together after national meeting in 2006 to form workgroup:Susan Addision, Betsy Ayankoya, Mary Beth Bruder, Carl Dunst, Larry Edelman,Andy Gomm, Barbara Hanft, John Hoffman, Cori Hill, Joicey Hurth, Grace Kelley, Anne Lucas, Robin McWilliam, Stephanie Moss, Lynda Pletcher, Dathan Rush, M’Lisa Shelden, Mary Steenberg, Judy Swett, Nora Thompson, Julianne Woods, and Naomi YounggrenConference calls“Think Tank” working meeting in July 2006Provided input and edits on the various documents
6 Work still to be completed: Determine various uses of the current materials and develop some written guidanceIdentify the skill sets necessary to implement practicesReview existing training and or other resources for “matches”- what's already out there in states?Find a grant to pull together existing (or write) training resourcesWork with state’s systems through a variety of methods to address policy/procedures and training issues for overcome barriers to implementation
7 Four Documents and the Status Mission and Key Principles of Early Intervention Services ( 5th and Final Draft)Seven Key Principles & Looks Like/Doesn’t Look Like (3nd Draft)Agreed Upon Practices For Providing Early Intervention Services In Natural Environments (5th and Final Draft)Research that Support Key Principles (2nd Draft)
8 Mission and 7 Key Principles of Early Intervention Services MISSION- The overarching reason for an early intervention system of servicesPRINCIPLES- the foundations or beliefs which support all our work with children and families
9 Looks/Like Doesn’t Look like Key concepts behind the principleExamples of what the principle might look like in practiceProvides descriptions of what it “doesn’t look like” because too often such practices are still being usedCan be use as a training toolThis is not a consensus document but workgroup members provided many of the examples
10 Example of A Principle & Key Concepts 5. IFSP outcomes must be functional and based on child and family needs and prioritiesKey Concepts:Functional outcomes improve participation in meaningful activitiesFunctional outcomes build on natural motivations to learn and do; fit what’s important to families; strengthen naturally occurring routines; enhance natural learning opportunities.The family understands that strategies are worth working on because they lead to practical improvements in child & family life
11 Looks Like Doesn’t Look Like Example: III. The primary role of the service provider in early intervention is to work with and support the family members and caregivers in a child’s life.Looks LikeUsing professional behaviors that build trust and rapport and establish a working partnership with families.Providing information, materials and emotional support to enhance family’s natural role as the people who foster their child’s learning and development.Doesn’t Look LikeBeing nice to families and becoming their “friend”Training families to be “mini” therapist or interventionistSee Hand-out
12 Agreed Upon PracticesIntended for any service provider to use from the beginning of their involvement with child/familyReflects Consensus of GroupModel neutralReflective of research, practice and “wisdom from the field and families (evidence based practices)Includes legal requirementsDocument is divided into three sections of Service delivery
13 Agreed Upon Practices, (cont) Numbered statements are what a provider “should” doThe first numbered statement in each section sets the stage for the more detailed, bulleted statements that followBulleted statements are examples of the behaviors- how you would see this practice being implemented?This is NOT a checklist of everything, but there is a “flow”.
14 Sample First Contacts with Families from Referral to the IFSP Meeting 1. Become acquainted and establish rapportUse social behaviors that are warm and welcoming and respectful of family culture and circumstances.Balance the time listening to the family with sharing information.Ask what language the family usually speaks (mode of communication) and if any family members may want an interpreter. Explore their level of comfort with written documents.Express willingness to explore family concerns and work with them to find solutions.
15 Research that Support Key Principles Very much a draft documentCitations suggested by work groupNeeds verificationCurrently available:A searchable annotated bibliography on the NECTAC Inclusion Web pageA compilation of the “top 10” articles recommended by the Researchers/Trainers on the Natural Environments Call Series
16 Instructions: Group work on Practices: Look over your assigned sectionUse worksheet to jot down practices and behaviors you do, or think your providers do, now. RateNote links to training materials, guidance documents policies procedures you already have in place that would support these practices.Discuss at the table
17 Report OutOf the practices,which are happening well in your state or local program?Which of the practices are not happening?If Not/ Why not?
18 Discussion Potential use of these Documents in current form/changes? Further development? For what purpose?How do we build on this work?
19 Documents available for dissemination Located on:Feedback or comments:Please let us know how you are using documents
20 ResourcesLink to annotated bibliographyLink to state documents (guidelines and Policies)Link to National Conference Call series