Getting Started in Early Intervention

presented by Nicole Sergent & Lacy Morise

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So you think you’d like to work in Early Intervention? The EI setting is an excellent fit for the therapist that likes to work directly and intimately with families in a coaching model and who likes to be creative and resourceful in daily interventions. It can also be intimidating when first starting out due to the independence experienced with the in-home model vs. a clinic or hospital setting. In this course, seasoned early intervention therapists will walk you through all you need to know to start or enhance an existing successful career in early intervention. Topics covered include: federal law and state implementation related to EI services; common employment opportunities in EI, including business organizations; the journey from evaluation and assessment, to IFSP, to implementation of service, to transition/discharge; recommended assessment tools and intervention strategies and supplies; and helpful resources.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Nicole Sergent, MPT

    Nicole Sergent, MPT

    Nicole Sergent, MPT is a pediatric physical therapist living and working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Nicole is an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth To Three Program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3 and their families. The combination of skilled rehabilitation with the educational component of coaching families on shaping their child's development, particularly through play, is a passion of Nicole's. Out of this passion, Nicole and colleague Lacy Morise, CCC-SLP formed Milestones & Miracles, LLC and authored and produced 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, a developmental tool pairing development with play. The tool is being used by families and early educators/therapists. Sergent and Morise provide continuing education for those working with young children on the importance of play for the young child and its effect on early development. Nicole also enjoys freelance writing on Milestones & Miracles' blog and for other publications that focus on child development.

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  • Lacy Morise, MS, CCC-SLP

    Lacy Morise, MS, CCC-SLP

    Lacy Morise, MS, CCC/SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Lacy is an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth To Three Program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3 and their families. The combination of skilled rehabilitation with the educational component of coaching families on shaping their child's development, particularly through play, is a passion of Lacy's. Out of this passion, Lacy and colleague Nicole Sergent, MPT formed Milestones & Miracles, LLC and authored and produced 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, a developmental tool pairing development with play. The tool is being used by families and early educators/therapists. Morise and Sergent provide continuing education for those working with young children on the importance of play for the young child and its effect on early development.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. All You Need to Know About Part C Services

    1. All You Need to Know About Part C Services

    Early Intervention services are mandated and implemented through federal IDEA law. Understanding the law and how it relates to the roles and responsibilities of the Early Intervention therapist will be discovered in this chapter.

  2. Jumping into the Natural Environment

    2. Jumping into the Natural Environment

    Delivery of EI services occurs in the natural environment. Definition of what the natural environment includes and research based evidence that support this intervention setting will be shared in this chapter.

  3. Practical Considerations of Starting an EI Practice

    3. Practical Considerations of Starting an EI Practice

    The day to day “work” in the EI setting is associated with unique considerations for the pediatric therapist. In this chapter, participants will learn about practical considerations for ensuring a safe, organized, and easy to manage business model related to EI service implementation.

  4. Implementation of EI Services: A Roadmap to Successful Therapy

    4. Implementation of EI Services: A Roadmap to Successful Therapy

    Legal and systemic steps are followed in the process of finding a child eligible for EI services through intervention, implementation of services, and through discharge/transition out of Part C services. In this chapter, a flow chart approach will be shared to explain each step in this process along with tips for ensuring success at each step along the way.

  5. Tips and Tools for Daily EI Intervention

    5. Tips and Tools for Daily EI Intervention

    In this chapter, information will be provided and demonstrations shown, to help the EI therapist choose helpful evaluation/assessment tools and intervention suggestions across individual disciplines so that participants will have a set of practical tools in place to treat EI clients.

  6. Staying Plugged in as an EI Provider

    6. Staying Plugged in as an EI Provider

    While in-home EI work can be invigorating and rewarding, there are realistic challenges. One of these being that, while an individual practitioner will likely work with team members of other disciplines, it is common that they will not cross paths with colleagues of the same discipline often. For this reason, it is essential that EI practitioners stay plugged in to resources that keep their skills up to date, and their communication open with others in their individual fields. This chapter will explore ways to do this.