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Early Intervention: Evaluation and Assessment to Inform Effective Intervention Services - Part One

presented by Elisa Kennedy, PT, PhD, PCS

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Therapists working in EI settings must be familiar with explicit requirements for screening, evaluation, and assessment to guide intervention as defined within federal legislation authorizing early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities (Part C of IDEA). The language and intent of the law may be unfamiliar for therapists providing services in a more traditional rehabilitative setting, such as out-patient or acute care. The topics in this course will cover theoretical frameworks as guiding principles in EI settings; the role of the therapist in screening, evaluation, and assessment; identifying red flags; choosing and using valid, reliable, and practical assessment tools; and practical strategies for performing assessments in the natural environments of EI settings. This is part one of a two part course on Early Intervention: Evaluation and Assessment to Inform Effective Intervention Services.

Meet Your Instructor

Elisa Kennedy, PT, PhD, PCS

Elizabeth "Elisa" T. Kennedy, PT, PhD, PCS, is an Associate Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy (PT), and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Medicine, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL. She received a PhD in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Georgia,…

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1. Defining Evaluation and Assessment (E&A) Under Part C of IDEA

This chapter defines the law governing services provided in early intervention settings under Part C of IDEA.

2. Individualizing the Evaluation and Assessment: Prediction

This chapter will explore “real life” teaming practices to enhance effective outcomes in the EI setting.

3. Individualizing the Evaluation and Assessment: Body Systems Review

This chapter reviews evidenced-based principles of early motor learning, developmental psychology, and parenting behaviors to enhance effective outcomes in EI settings.

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