Title: 'Improving ECI and Family Support Systems through Collaboration'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): Early Intervention, Family Support, Provider Education, IFSP
Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain the importance of ECI Provider training specific to this population of children and of parent-to-parent support and Deaf adult support to families in ECI
  2. Identify and apply strategies to incorporate family support into their provider training and early intervention programs/systems
  3. Outline and explain several benefits/desired outcomes resulting from collaboration between family support programs and ECI programs/systems.


Evaluation of EHDI program needs leads us to address important issues or gaps related to improving services and systems in early childhood intervention for families of deaf and hard of hearing children. Many of the predominant issues or gaps are common to programs across the country. Once these gaps are identified, we will share methods to promote collaboration and advance the practice of early hearing detection and intervention. In Texas, an open dialogue resulted in increased collaboration and reciprocal benefits from family support provided from outside of both the Texas Education Agency and Early Childhood Intervention systems. This collaboration has demonstrated benefits not only to families, but also to the Early Childhood Intervention system itself. This presentation will recognize and identify challenges to Early Childhood Providers due to this low incidence population. Both presenters will share their points of view as they convey the value and importance of family support from outside the early childhood intervention system. We will describe how Early Childhood Intervention and family support organizations can collaborate giving specific examples being utilized in Texas such as parent support organizations playing an active role as partners in training ECI providers, serving as first-hand subject matter experts. Additionally, this presentation will identify some desired potential improvements in the EHDI process resulting from this collaboration between family support and Early Childhood Intervention. This presentation will be helpful to Early Childhood Intervention providers wishing to improve family access to intervention programs and to increase support felt by families resulting in positive benefits such as increased participation by the family in the IFSP and in early intervention among others.
Presentation: Monday_Clements_1135_ChristineMoody_1688.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
CART: Topical Session 1- 1688.rtf
Jean Origer - Co-Presenter
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
     Credentials: MSW
      Jean Origer is a program specialist for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). She helps to develop training and technical assistance to contractors who provide Part C early intervention services to families and children in Texas. Jean’s first professional experience was as a speech and language pathologist in the public schools with an emphasis on language development. Later she earned a Master of Social Work and began work with young adults and adults with disabilities. This experience introduced her to the family perspective and the role of person centered planning in services. In her current work, she views families’ full participation in early intervention services as the cornerstone of quality services. She continues to address her passion for families specifically with children who are deaf and hard of hearing through her support of parent support organizations such as TXH&V GBYS.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

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Christine Moody - Primary Presenter
Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Education
     Credentials: B.S (Duke University), M.P.H. (UCLA)
      Christine Moody is the Executive Director of the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education in Indiana. Formerly, she was the Statewide Coordinator for the Texas Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side Program. She and her husband of almost 29 years have a 23 year old Deaf son with additional challenges and a 20 year old hearing son. She has been involved in Deaf Education, Early Intervention, and Parent Support for the last 17 years in five major cities and now lives in Indianapolis. She is a former President and Board Member of Indiana Hands & Voices as well as a former Parent Guide herself. Above all, she has tremendous respect and understanding for parents and their unique, often-changing and always challenging journeys.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.