A Statewide Professional Development Initiative for Early Intervention Providers

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National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management

A Statewide Professional Development Initiative for Early Intervention Providers

Presented by: Karen Clark, Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, Arlene Stredler-Brown & Susie Tiggs

October 18th, 2017
Starting time: 11:00 am  Ending time:  12:00 pm

The Supplement to the JCIH 2007 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Intervention After Confirmation That a Child is Deaf or Hard of Hearing (2013) identified the need for infants and toddlers who are DHH to work with EI providers who have core knowledge and skills to optimize the child's development and child/family well-being. In accordance with this goal, the Texas DHH Leadership Council, a comprehensive, statewide stakeholder's group, targeted the need for EI providers to have access to and encouragement toward the development of core knowledge and skill areas. This presentation reviews the development of a statewide professional development web-based resource available to all early intervention providers for infants and toddlers who are DHH in Texas. Presenters will: 1) describe the format and content of the Texas EI Provider Self-Assessment tool; 2) describe the Texas Individual Professional Learning Plan, a sequel to the self-assessment; 3) share examples of the resources that support each professional's development goals identified in the Learning Plan; and 4) share strategies for ongoing support of providers in their acquisition of new knowledge and skills. In addition, presenters will discuss the process for Learning Plan approval and the establishment of continuing education credits through the Texas Education Agency designated Statewide Lead for DHH Services. Finally, there will be a brief opportunity for attendees to comment on similar professional development initiatives in their states and ways to capitalize on the Texas initiative.   

Learning Objectives: 
• Understand how Appendix 1, Knowledge and Skills of the Early Intervention (EI) Provider, from the Supplement to JCIH 2007 Position Statement (2013) can be used as the basis for developing a statewide training resource for EI professionals.  
• Describe the components of the Texas initiative including the EI provider self-assessment of knowledge and skills, the individual professional learning plan, and the web resource. 
• Discover actions to support early interventionists in their acquisition and application of the new knowledge and skills to a variety of local settings. 

Karen Clark, Early Intervention Consultanting 
Karen Clark provides consulting and technical assistance in the area early intervention for infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing. She currently consults for the Texas Education Service Center Region 11 and the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM). She was formerly the Director of Education at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas where she developed and supervised programs for early intervention and early childhood education. Karen holds degrees in the areas of communication disorders and audiology and teacher certifications in deaf and early childhood education.  

Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, Gallaudet University 
Marilyn Sass-Lehrer is Professor Emerita at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and teaches in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and their Families Interdisciplinary Program. Her research and writing include professional competencies, guidelines for best practice, and family involvement. She is co-author of Parents and their Deaf Children: The Early Years (2003), co-editor of The Young Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child: A Family-Centered Approach to Early Education (2003), and editor of Early Intervention for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Infants, Toddlers and their Families: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2016). 

Arlene Stredler-Brown, University of Colorado 
Arlene Stredler-Brown, PhD, CCC-SLP provides consultation and technical assistance to programs working with infants, toddlers, and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the United States and internationally. She has graduate degrees in Speech/Language Pathology, Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and a doctoral degree in Special Education. Her current research focuses on telepractice; she is the co-investigator for a Phase II Clinical Trial funded by the National Institutes of Health to study services delivered to young children who are deaf via telehealth. Since retiring from her position as Director of the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP), Dr. Stredler-Brown continues to work with initiatives promoting evidence-based early intervention practices, the measurement of education and health care options, and the use of individualized assessments and treatments. She publishes regularly on these topics. Dr. Stredler-Brown conducts her research at the University of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado; she teaches at the University of British Columbia.  

Susie Tiggs, Education Service Center, Region 11 
Susie Tiggs is the Statewide Lead for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services in Texas. As the Statewide Lead she provides leadership, professional development, consultation, and technical assistance to assist families and school districts with meeting the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and students who are deaf/hard of hearing. Susie has worked in the fields of Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Visual Impairments, Deafblindness, and Assistive Technology for more than 25 years.