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Introducing Teleflections©: We Are All in This Together

We are all in this together. Early interventionists are exploring and learning new telehealth options. For many, this may mean learning new technology platforms, navigating limited wifi access, and simultaneously focusing on providing exceptional service delivery through telehealth. Teleflections©, a new resource, provide reflections from early interventionists who share their own experiences including their successes and challenges. Each week new videos are posted.

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During this time of uncertainty, it helps to normalize our experiences and laugh (maybe sometimes cry) about them together. You can also check out the COVID-19 and EI Tele-Intervention Updates page for the latest resources. Let’s take a look at some of the recent Teleflections©.

In Teleflections© 2, Julie Vaughn (SLP) was honestly states, “I won’t lie. It’s not my thing. It’s just not my thing, but I am making the best of it. I have learned a lot this week about computers and technology.” Coming out soon, Julie shares a new video with her successful update on how she has grown over the past two weeks. This is something new and we have to give ourselves time and patience as we all learn together.

In Teleflections© 4, Missy Rose (PT) shares her experiences as a physical therapist who relies on her hands to gain information about a child. Make sure you do not miss her fancy doll she uses to support families learning different positioning techniques. Many of us are nervous about not being in the home, but we are all learning we can still coach families to support their child’s development in naturally occurring routines and activities. We have even heard so many successes about coaching families and seeing a larger variety of routines as we navigate this together.

In Teleflections© 5, Stacie Jackson (LSM and SC) shares her experience waking up at 3:45 the morning of her first intake. It is safe to say many of us have experienced restlessness or disrupted sleep. After all, we’re all experiencing similar responses together.

The latest Teleflections© 6, Dana Carroll (OT) shares her experience from a mother who was really nervous at first. Dana describes the mother as being “over the moon” by the end of the session. Many families may be worried about how they will continue to support their child’s development during this time and it is a great way to remind them that we are all in this together.

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5 Comments to “Introducing Teleflections©: We Are All in This Together”

  1. Reflecting on successes and challenges I’ve found a sort of contradiction I was not expecting — First off, the parents who were not as easy to engage in person were more involved over tele practice, I almost thought this would occur with all of my families now that they were encouraged to have intentional communication with me, and then have intentional communication through direct interaction with their child. Almost like a very natural process of taking turns. The contradiction of sorts that surprises me, is that the parents who were most engaged in person, they had a most withdrawn and seeking uncomfortable demeanor over tele practice. I had originally thought that our bond would overcome the distance of virtual practice.

  2. Thank you for that thoughtful insight, Lori. I am glad you found success in engaging parents who were not as easy to engage in person. I wonder what feels uncomfortable for the parents who are more engaged during face-to-face visits. Some people may feel more comfortable behind a camera and others may not. Remotely, it can be hard for some parents to read cues and know when to speak and when not to speak and may need more cues and guidance. In the other instance, it appears the parents are more comfortable speaking behind a camera. It reminds me of webinars. Some participants feel more comfortable engaging while others may take more of a back seat approach. I would love to hear more as you continue to navigate this and see what helps. If anyone else has found tips in this situation, please feel free to share.

  3. This is such an incredible resource, Lisa and I can’t wait to utilize the information and videos in upcoming professional development opportunities with both Early Intervention and Early Head Start Home Visitors. Thank you!

    • You are so welcome. We are so glad Teleflections are helpful professional development resources for your team. Feel free to reach out if you have any topic suggestions.

    • Thanks, Amy. We would love to hear any follow-up how you used the Teleflections with staff and their perceptions.

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