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Early Intervention CoP

The Early Intervention CoP is a place where your voice can be heard and where you can gain new insights about working with families of infants and toddlers (birth to age 3) with developmental delays or disabilities. This is the place to pose questions, share ideas, problem solve, and discuss any early intervention topics of interest to you. You can also find resources specific to your interests and enhance your work in early intervention.





Webinars & Events

Joint Webinar with the EI CoP and Policy & Advocacy CoP - 

EI/EC Advocacy Issues: What are YOU Passionate about Changing 

Thursday, July 25th, 2024, 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time - Register here.
Join fellow EI colleagues for a third round of open forum focusing on advocacy. We will continue to discuss topics and issues brought forward in our March meeting, including providing space and time for considering complex advocacy issues such as mental health, retention of EI practitioners, and equity in EI. Participants will have the opportunity to meaningfully network with others in the EI field who share similar passions in the advocacy arena. 


Early Intervention Community of Practice Open Forum  

Friday, August 11th, 2023, 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time 

This event will be a free-form discussion about topics that are foremost in your mind. Share your questions and celebrations with your peers and brainstorm topics for the EI CoP to address during the remainder of 2023. 

Early Intervention Community of Practice Book Discussion: What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing 

Introduction & Chapter 1 - Thursday, January 26th, 2023, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time - Download the recording here.

Chapter 2 & 3 - Thursday, February 16th, 2023, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time - Download the recording here.

Chapter 4 & 5 - Thursday, March 23rd, 2023, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time 

Chapter 6 & 7 - Thursday, April 20th, 2023, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Chapter 8 & 9 - Thursday, May 18th, 2023, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time 

Chapter 10 & Wrap Up - Thursday, June 22nd, 2023, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time 

Join the DEC EI CoP for a book discussion on What Happened to You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey. This was the book that was voted by the members that we will review together as EI professionals.More information will also be posted in DEC Collaborate. 



Writing Functional Outcomes on the IFSP - A Joint Webinar from Division for Early Childhood's Early Intervention, Service Coordination, and Family Partnership Communities of Practice

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Monday, November 7th, 2022, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

The DEC EI CoP is joining with the DEC Service Coordination CoP and the DEC Family Partnership CoP to bring to our members a 90 minute webinar on writing functional IFSP Outcomes (both family and child). We will have an overview of what it means to have a functional outcome and then hear from a family member, a provider and a service coordinator on how they approach writing functional outcomes from their perspective. 


Presenters: Kimberly Travers, Facilitator; Demetres Thomas, Family Member; Melanie Batista, Provider; and Kimberly Morse, Service Coordinator  Read presenter bios

Early Intervention Community of Practice Meeting: An In-Depth Discussion About Coaching from Different Perspectives

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Thursday, June 30th, 2022, 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Coaching? Join us for an in-depth discussion on coaching. Coaching can have many different meanings and definitions. For this discussion we will be diving into coaching with three different lens. We will be looking at peer coaching through teaming, using coaching with families, and coaching as it relates to supervision. There will be a short presentation from our panel of members and then we will have small breakout groups allowing for a facilitated deep dive discussion based on your choice.

Early Intervention Community of Practice Meeting   

Various Dates, 2022, 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Join us for a book discussion on Pause and Reflect by Dana Childress. This is a book on supporting EI professionals on topics such as reflecting on practices, growing skills, and being confident in translating knowledge into real‐world action.  It incorporates many interactive activities that keeps the reader engaged and has many opportunities for reflecting on the learning.  It is a wonderful addition to the literature on early intervention best practices. More information is also posted in DEC Collaborate.



2020: Turning hindsight into foresight for early intervention

Thursday, August 5, 2021, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Please join us for a discussion with Juliann Woods and Dathan Rush discussing their experiences through 2020 and thoughts as we continue to plan beyond the pandemic. They will be discussing what have they learned through this pandemic, preparing for beyond the pandemic, and their thoughts on what should be kept regarding practices as we transition out of the pandemic. 

Tele-Intervention: Where are we now?    Download the recording

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern Time 

Please join us for a cross disciplinary panel of early intervention providers discussing their experiences with tele-intervention. They will be discussing different topics such as what tele-intervention looks like in their state, what they have learned, what is working well, as well as helpful tips and techniques they have found. As professionals continue to work remotely this webinar will provide an opportunity to hear more about tele-intervention from the provider lens. 


Implementation of a Primary Service Provider Teaming Approach: Lessons Learned – Boots on the Ground   

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time 

The purpose of this webinar is to generate a thought-provoking discussion focused on the ins-and-outs of implementing a primary service provider teaming approach. Panel members experienced with varying phases and scales of implementation will join Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden for a lively deep-dive into PSP teaming. Our goal is to provide insight, answer questions, and offer information for individuals, teams, programs, and states who have experience with implementing the approach, those newly implementing, as well as programs/states who may be considering implementation.

Our panel is superbly diverse representing programs of various sizes, locations across the country, spanning Birth to 5, and varying levels of implementation: Katherine Brown, Christy Chronheim, and Anne Grui.   Read presenter bios

Supporting Families in Quotidian Activities    Download the recording

Thursday, January 16th, 2020, 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

Presenter: Robin McWilliam, PhD     Read presenter bio

Everyday activities or “routines” are possibly the backbone of ordinary functioning at home, at school, and in the community. This webinar will look at routines as the contexts for functional assessment and for support to families and teachers. We will examine what it is about child functioning in routines that makes sense to families, teachers, and early interventionists. Routines are what allows us to get real in early intervention (birth to 5 years of age). 


Harness Sensory Preferences to Guide Everyday Life: Everybody wins!     Download the recording and handout

Presenter: Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA      Read presenter bio

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST

Everyone in the family has sensory preferences unique to them. In this session we will explore how to recognize and honor sensory preferences within the family routines. 

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Identify sensory preferences of every family member 

  2. Provide an example about how each person’s sensory preferences show up
    in everyday routines 

  3. Strategize how to support sensory preferences within selected daily routines.

Helping Families Meet Resource Needs and Achieve Self-Sufficiency     Download the recording and handouts

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST

Presenters: Lisa Cloninger, MSW, LCSW, ITFS; Sarah Sexton, M.Ed.     Read presenter bio

Early Interventionists and other home visitors who work with families with young children often support families with resource needs. We produce lists of resources or information, make referrals for families, and even bring resources or materials to the family. We are trying to help, but these practices do not necessarily assist the family with build the capacity to meet their ongoing resource needs or future needs that arise. Learn the five-step process for providing better family support so that families meet their immediate needs and learn how to “fish” now and in the future. ​

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him
for a lifetime” (translation from Chinese philosopher Lao Tze).   

Web Discussion - What’s On Your Mind: How Do You Partner With Families and Child Care Providers?     

Tuesday, April 17th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST

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An informal, interactive hour-long web discussion called "What's On Your Mind" focused on information-sharing and brainstorming among interested Early Intervention (EI) Special Interest Group members.  The web discussion focuses  on the partnership between families, child care providers, and early interventionists throughout the EI process, including discussion of successful strategies as well as challenges that exist within the partnership. To inform the conversation, Michelle and Nicole shared key insights from a relevant article, and Lynn Barts shared one state’s experiences with forging partnerships within the child care context. 

Webinar - Brain-Based Visual Impairment– So Many Children! So Many Teachers! Meeting the Training Need in Multiple Formats     Download the recording 

September 12, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT  

Presenters: Mary C. Zatta, Ph.D.; and Betsy McGinnity, M.Ed.

Webinar - Early Screening, Detection and Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with or at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder     Download the recording      Access the handouts

June 28, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Presenters: Jennifer L. Stapel-Wax, Psy.D.      Read presenter bio
Agenda: In this 1-hour presentation, we hope to increase your understanding of: 

1. Autism Spectrum Disorders in Infants and Toddlers 
2. Early Screening and Detection of ASD in infants and toddlers 
3. Promising early intervention methodologies for children at risk for ASD 
4. Community-based integrated models to empower and bring capacity to providers, caregivers, and families of children with ASD

Webinar - Identifying and Supporting Young Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss     

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January 18, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Presenters: Megan Cote, National Center on Deaf-Blindness, 
Carol Darrah, Georgia Sensory Assistance Project, & Emma Nelson, Vermont Sensory Access Project 

Agenda: In this 1-hour presentation, participants learn: 

  • Who are these kids? 

  • How do you find them and refer them for services? 

  • Implications for Intervention 

  • National and state resources related to Deaf-Blindness

Online Meeting - Global Child Outcomes     

July 6th, 2016 2:00-3:30 EST
*To view the archived version of this web discussion, click here to register. After you register you will be able to open the archived web conversation. 
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Webinar & Discussion - New DEC Position Statement: The Role of Special Instruction in Early Intervention

November 19th, 2015 2:00-3:00pm EST 
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Online Meeting - Topic: Implementing the Recommended Practices

February 4th, 2015 2:00-3:30 EST
*To view the archived version of this webinar, click here to register. After you register you will be able to open the archived webinar.
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Online Meeting - Topic: Service Coordination

May 6th, 2015 2:00-3:30 EST 
*To view the archived version of this webinar, click here to register. After you register you will be able to open the archived webinar.
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Online Meeting - Frequency & Intensity of Early Intervention Services

August 5th, 2015 2:00-3:30 EST 
*To view the archived version of this webinar, click here to register. After you register you will be able to open the archived webinar.
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Online Meeting - Coaching

January 6th, 2016 2:00-3:15 EST

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Online Meeting - Assessment

April 6th, 2016 2:00-3:30 EST
*To view the archived version of this web discussion, click here to register. After you register you will be able to open the archived web conversation. 
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Join the Early Intervention CoP

When you join the EI CoP, you become a member of a peer-to-peer group of people vested in the field of EI. The short membership form gathers pertinent information about each member. The information is used to facilitate networking, resource-sharing, problem-solving, and collaboration around EI-related issues and discussions.​

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