Title: 'Ensuring High Quality Early Intervention Services'
Track: 3-Early Intervention and Beyond
Keyword(s): EI Services, intervention, resources, effectiveness
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will: 1. Understand the value of reflecting on their own effectiveness when working with families. 2. Acquire a resource that will support early interventionists in their endeavor to improve the services they provide. 3. Learn how this process is beneficial in identifying challenges to the families they serve. 4. Learn how to apply this process to reflect upon their own delivery of service in accordance with early intervention principles.


Early intervention providers strive to adhere to the guiding principles of early intervention service provision as stated by IDEA. EI providers work in partnership with families in the natural environment to facilitate the child’s learning and participation in typical routines, address the specific needs of the family, offer support and provide access to resources. In order to maintain a high level of commitment to the families served, EI providers must reflect on their effectiveness in guiding families toward their chosen outcomes and identifying challenges that may impede progress. A process for routinely assessing a family’s needs and the relevance of the services provided will be discussed. This presentation will guide participants in using this process with families; upon initial implementation of services, following the process as services continue and addressing family concerns that may inhibit full and active participation. This process for service provision, based on the current needs of the family, supports the foundational philosophies of early intervention and increases the likelihood of positive outcomes for the family.
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Dorie Noll - Central Institute for the Deaf
     Credentials: MSDE, CED, LSLS Cert AVEd
     Other Affiliations: Parents as Teachers, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
      Dorie Noll, MSDE, CED, LSLS Cert AVEd. attended the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, receiving a Masters’ Degree in Deaf Education (MSDE). Currently, Dorie is employed by CID-Central Institute for the Deaf as a parent educator in the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center. As Nursery Class Administrator, she helps to facilitate the program for young toddlers and their families, in addition to providing early intervention services to families in the home. Dorie holds a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing certification; she is credentialed with the early intervention programs both in Missouri and Illinois. Dorie is also certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Beth Evans - Central Institute for the Deaf
     Credentials: MA, CED
     Other Affiliations: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
      Beth Evans, MA, CED, has been a teacher of the deaf since 1994 and is currently a parent educator in the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center at Central Institute for the Deaf. She received her undergraduate degree in Deaf Education, as well as her master’s degree in Early Intervention from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. Beth holds teaching certification in the state of Missouri and is credentialed with the early intervention programs in Missouri and Illinois. She also holds professional certification from the Council on Education of the Deaf.