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Application 3.8:
Early intervention supports and services for Evan and his family

Review the entire video clip about Evan and his family from Just Being Kids (each Local Infants and Toddlers Program in Maryland has a copy of the video and facilitators manual). Evan is a social 18 month old boy who likes music, playing peek-a-boo, being with other children and reading books. Both of Evan’s parents work, and he attends a child care center. Michelle and Bob would like Evan to use a spoon independently to feed himself during meals and snack at home and child care, and communicate actively with family and peers.

After watching Evan’s entire vignette, discuss how your Infants and Toddlers Program could assist this family. In “real” life, Renee, a speech-language pathologist, serves as a primary service provider for Evan and his family, and consults with Evan’s child care teacher to share outcomes and strategies so all caregivers can work together to achieve his outcomes.

Consider the following questions with colleagues and family representatives (e.g. your family network coordinator and invited family members from your program).

  1. What functional outcome have Bob and Michelle selected to work on with Evan
  2. How will the early intervention team know that they have achieved this outcome? (Suggest measurable criteria this team might use to review Evan’s progress)
  3. What informal and formal family/child supports and services would be helpful in assisting this family to reaching their outcome for Evan?
  4. If formal early intervention supports/services from your Infants and Toddlers program are desirable, who on the team has the expertise to address these outcomes?
  5. How does Renee use her expertise to support Evan’s teacher at child care? What are her suggestions for including him in the daily activities and achieve his outcomes? What other strategies/suggestions might you suggest?
  6. How are key early development foundations (i.e., social interaction, mastery of the environment and engagement in learning) addressed in this outcome as well as suggested strategies?
  7. How frequently, and for how long will formal early intervention family/child supports and services be provided?
  8. Where will family/child supports and services will be provided?


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