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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

Introduction to Early Intervention

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This introductory training covers topics critical to understanding the Early Intervention community in Rhode Island, including the values embedded in the EI system and the federal and state laws which serve as the foundation for EI services. The training addresses core competencies related to the components of the EI system, including an understanding of:
  • The purpose of EI as defined in Part C of IDEA and the structure of Rhode Island's Early Intervention system.
  • The key components of family-centered practice.
  • The impact of culture on the relationship between professionals and families and on the delivery of appropriate EI supports and services.
  • Issues, challenges, requirements and recommended practices in the evaluation and assessment of infants and toddlers.
  • Early Intervention's Child and Family Outcomes and their purpose.
  • How to measure child and family outcomes and record the information gathered.
  • The required components of a quality IFSP, including the development of outcomes that are family-owned, functional and measurable and embedded in a routine.
  • The EI service delivery model and how it supports a family's capacity to enhance their child's development.
  • Transition from EI and the service provider's role in this process.

This training, offered in spring and fall, is geared for all newly employed EI personnel. The training includes lecture, group discussion, small group workshops, readings and activities. Attendance at all four days is required.

This training is limited to staff employed at RI Early Intervention Centers. If you meet that requirement, contact your supervisor for information on how to register.

For specific information on this training, please contact Leslie Bobrowski at lbobrowski@ric.edu.

Accommodations Requests

If you need a reasonable accommodation (e.g., ASL Interpreter), materials in an alternate format (e.g., large print) or information in a language other than English in order to fully participate in an event, please make your request known when you register or contact Elaine Sollecito at the Sherlock Center.

Elaine Sollecito: esollecito@ric.edu

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