Early Identification & Intervention
Early identification and referral to state deaf-blind projects and other services is essential in order for infants and toddlers to receive specialized interventions that lay the foundation for development and learning. This initiative provides assistance and tools to support state deaf-blind projects in their work to strengthen the ability of early intervention systems to identify, refer, and work with infants and toddlers who are deaf-blind.
June 2020 News
As we look toward summer, here are a few updates and learning opportunities that may be of interest:
- The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) has a series of archived webinars with content that includes information on telepractices and family support during COVID-19
- Provider and Educator Use of Technology resources on the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) include archived webinars and instructional videos on ways to improve tele-intervention practices.
- Mark your calendars for a virtual release of Zero to Three’s Product: The State of Babies: Yearbook 2020 on June 11. For more information on your state, you can check out the State of Babies 2019 Yearbook.
Best wishes to you all,
Identification and Referral
NCDB provides support to state deaf-blind projects as they engage in systems-change activities to improve early identification and referral (EI&R) of children who are deaf-blind. Our support includes:
- Consultation regarding use of the Early Identification and Referral Self-Assessment Guide to analyze the effectiveness of a state's EI&R activities and identify strategies to improve them
- A peer-learning community (PLC) on increasing identification and referral efforts within the early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI)/Hands & Voices programs
- Intensive systems TA on improving EI&R through work with one of four systems: Part C, EHDI, medical providers, and community providers
Early Intervention Personnel Development
Support for state deaf-blind projects in this area involves:
- Consultation on developing training opportunities for early intervention providers using The Sooner the Better: A Framework for Training Early Intervention Practitioners on Deaf-Blindness, which offers a collection of online resources for developing customized training
- A peer-learning community (PLC) to work on issues related to personnel development for Part C providers