presented by Elisa Kennedy
Federal legislation authorizing early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities (Part C of IDEA) provides clear instruction: EI is to be provided to the maximum extent appropriate in natural environments, such as home or community. Intervention provided in the natural environment of the child has clear advantages, with increased opportunities to impact brain plasticity by practicing meaningful tasks within the environment where the child lives, grows, plays, and participates in activities with families and peers. The topics in this course will include the development of fun, age-appropriate intervention programs to promote a child’s ability to move as based on evidence-based principles of motor development, motor control, and motor learning. This is part one in a two-part course on Early Intervention: Implementing High Quality Intervention in Natural Settings.
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, a MMSc in Physical Therapy with emphasis on Maternal and Child Health from Emory University, and a BS in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University. Dr. Kennedy is a Board-Certified Pediatric Physical Therapist with more than 35 years of clinical experience, with specific expertise in the NICU, high-risk infant follow-up, and early childhood special education. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and frequently presents to professional audiences, locally, nationally, and internationally, in the areas of assessment and intervention for the infant and young child.
This chapter defines the law governing services providing in early intervention settings Under Part C of IDEA.
This chapter will explore “real life” teaming practices to enhance effective outcomes in the EI setting.
This chapter reviews evidenced-based principles of early motor learning, developmental psychology, and parenting behaviors to enhance effective outcomes in EI settings.