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The Early Intervention Teaming Handbook

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M'Lisa L. Shelden, PT, Ph.D., is Director of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP) at Western Carolina Center and an associate research scientist at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute in Morganton, North Carolina. Prior to accepting her appointment at FIPP, Dr. Shelden was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a graduate Fellow of the ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, and she has also served the Section of Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Early Intervention. Dr. Shelden has co-authored several articles related to early intervention teamwork and a chapter related to physical therapy personnel preparation. She presents nationally on topics related to transition, inclusion, coaching, evaluation and assessment, use of a primary coach model, and provision of supports in natural environments. Dathan Rush is the Associate Director of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP) at Western Carolina Center and a research associate at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute in Morganton, North Carolina. Prior to accepting his position at FIPP, Mr. Rush was a clinical assistant professor and personnel development consultant in the Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He served as Assistant Director of the Oklahoma SoonerStart Early Intervention Program at the State Department of Health from 1992 to 1999. He served as an editorial board member of the journal Infants and Young Children until 2002 and has published articles in the areas of in-service training, coaching, supporting children and families in natural learning environments, and teaming in early intervention. He is past president and former executive council member of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Mr. Rush has presented numerous workshops nationally on topics related to team building, use of a primary coach model of support, training of trainers, coaching, and provision of supports in natural environments. Dr. McWilliam is the Siskin Endowed Chair of Research in Early Childhood Education, Development, and Intervention at Siskin Childrena (TM)s Institute. He is also a professor of education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an adjoint professor of special education at Vanderbilt University. He has formerly been a professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a senior scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and a professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. McWilliama (TM)s research centers on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with and without disabilities, with a specific focus on child engagement, service delivery models, and collaboration with families. He has provided consultation, training, and technical assistance across the United States and in some countries overseas on providing early intervention in natural environments and on the Engagement Classroom Model. His Routines-Based Interview (RBI) is a widely used method of assessing familiesa (TM) needs and developing individualized family service plan (IFSP) outcomes and individualized education program (IEP) goals.


"I challenge those who want to enhance family and provider active participation in teaming to learn about these practices. As a parent, I can see what a difference this would have made in our journey of raising young children with special needs."--Kimberly Travers"Parent" (08/09/2012) "Best available research. Authentic examples. Practical tools. M'Lisa and Dathan provide another game-changing guide for evidence-based early intervention. Indulge!"--Ann Turnbull, Ed.D."University of Kansas" (08/13/2012) "Here we find the 'why' and the 'way' for not only how services are delivered, but how we evaluate our fidelity to practice . . . Using the materials in this handbook, early intervention teams are empowered to go far together, creating a whole much greater than its parts."--Katrina Bush, M.Ed."Early Childhood Specialist, Columbus, Ohio" (08/13/2012) "Demonstrate[s] ways to welcome and respect family participation, build a positive relationship with team members, and incorporate the child and family's daily routine into service delivery. Changes we have made through the implementation of the primary service provider approach have resulted in positive outcomes for families."--Kim Hauck, M.Ed."Director, Program Services, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, Cincinnati, Ohio" (08/13/2012) "The wisdom of a primary service provider approach to teaming is truly captured in this book. The authors clearly present the breadth, depth, and functional application of the primary service provider approach." --Naomi Younggren, Ph.D. "This excellent book will be a welcome addition for state, regional and local administrators and providers who are engaged in implementation of the primary service provider approach in early intervention programs." --Lynda Cook Pletcher

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