Title: 'Early Intervention, Mentoring, and Consultation: Building Capacity Through Tele-intervention'
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): Accountability, assessment, program effectiveness, data, technology
Learning Objectives:
  1. List the criteria for determining if a child receives direct service or consultation from an intervnetionist
  2. List the benefits of mentoring
  3. List five different ways tele-intervention can be used to increase quality services to families


Early intervention programs are faced with the challenge of meeting the needs of an increasing population of early-identified children with limited resources and an inadequate number of highly qualified providers. This challenge is further heightened by the added difficulties of serving families in more remote, rural areas and families who speak a language other than English. Majority of the population of the state of Colorado resides along the Front Range, a corridor running from Ft. Collins south to Pueblo. This means that a large geographic region of the state is sparsely populated with limited access to qualified professionals. With increasing access to technology for both parents and providers, the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP) began using tele-intervention more than five years ago as one of several means to close this gap in services. Tele-intervention has proven to be an effective, cost-efficient tool to provide mentoring, consultation, training, and direct service to families and professionals around the state. CHIP has partnered with the Listen Foundation to develop a comprehensive collaborative model that includes mentoring, consultation, supports, resources, and trainings through the establishment of the position of the Oral Communication Consultant, a highly qualified professional who is available to mentor early intervention providers. This presentation will focus on the many benefits of utilizing tele-intervention to increase the skill development for early intervention providers in the home.
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Dinah Beams - Co-Presenter
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
     Credentials: M.A.
     Other Affiliations: Colorado Home Intervention Program
      Dinah Beams is the program coordinator for the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP), a statewide, in-home, family-centered early intervention program for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing that is part of the Outreach Department of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB). Previous experience includes working as an Outreach Specialist at Beginnings for Parents of Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in North Carolina and as both a classroom and itinerant teacher in Colorado. Dinah is the author of the CHIP Parent Manual and the Curriculum for Sign Language Instructors, and co-developer of materials for the Integrated Reading Project, part of CSDB’s Early Literacy Development Initiative for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dinah also serves on the board for Colorado Families for Hands and Voices.

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Nanette Thompson - Primary Presenter
Marion Downs Hearing Center
     Credentials: M.S., CCC-SLP, Cert AVT
     Other Affiliations: Rocky Mountain Cochlear Implant Center Listen Foundation
      Nanette Thompson is a speech-language pathologist and an LSLS certifed auditory-verbal therapist. She has a Masters in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas and has specialized in working with deaf and hard of hearing children and their families for 20 years. Nanette works closely with the Marion Downs Hearing Center and the Rocky Mountain Cochlear Implant Center providing diagnostic services and weekly speech, language, and listening therapy to families, children, and adults. She conducts functional listening evaluations with children and adults to assist and help guide audiologists to next steps with programming, equipment, and adjustments. She provides training and mentoring to many professionals throughout the state of Colorado in the areas of auditory skill development, language expansion, and speech production. Nan also works with the Colorado Home Intervention Program as a facilitator and as an Oral Communication Consultant.

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