Topics covered in this course include: family systems, the Early Start system, making decisions using evidence-based practice, the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) process, and supporting families using coaching and other help-giving practices.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the critical role of the family and family support in the care and development of young children with disabilities.
- Describe Early Start program eligibility, program requirements, and procedural safeguards.
- Research, appraise, and identify appropriate evidence-based early intervention practices.
- Explain the IFSP process, including required components and timelines.
- Describe the practices related to and benefits of coaching and relationship-based approaches to early intervention services.
Topics Covered in Each Two-Week Lesson Cycle
Weeks 1-2: Family Systems
- Family systems theory
- Family characteristics and roles
- Family interactions and supports
- Impact of stressors and protective factors on family functioning
- Family support resources
Weeks 3-4: Early Start System
- Federal statute and regulations
- California statute and regulations
- State and federal system components and partners
- Performance plan and annual performance report
- Eligibility: developmental delay, established risk
- Procedural safeguards: parents’ rights, mediation, due process, complaints
Weeks 5-6: Making Decisions Using Evidence-Based Practice
- What is evidence-based practice?
- Process for evidence-based decision-making
- PICO (Person-Intervention-Comparison-Outcomes): Defining a research question
- Research Resources
- Relevance, validity, and reliability
Weeks 7-8: The Individualized Family Service Plan Process
- Phases and timelines
- Family concerns, priorities, and resources
- Transition at age 3
Weeks 9-10: Supporting Families Using Coaching and Other Help-Giving Practices
- The impact of help-giving practices on family functioning and early intervention effectiveness
- Types of help-giving supports and services
- Principles of partnership
- Steps of coaching: initiation, observation, action, reflection, feedback