The work of early intervention (EI) is complex, challenging at times, and lots of fun. You meet different families, work in homes and other community settings, watch infants and toddlers grow and learn, and yes – spend a lot of time in your car. This podcast is designed so EI practitioners like you can easily listen between visits or on breaks during your busy day. Each episode focuses on an important topic that is discussed by two experienced EI professional development specialists who have also been service coordinators, service providers, and parents of children enrolled in EI. Listen often to learn, reflect on your practices, and hear a few tips to do the work you do well even better.

This podcast is a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (through a contract with the Partnership for People with Disabilities/VCU). 

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Dana Childress, PhD
Early Intervention Professional Development Consultant
Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University

Emily Webb, M.S. ED.


Seth Buffkin
Technology Communications Coordinator
Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University

Tele-Intervention Series

In the third series of EI on the Fly, we explore tele-intervention as an evolving service delivery method for supporting children and families in early intervention. We also share first-hand accounts from service providers who offer their insights into what it has been like for them to provide services virtually.

Teaming and Collaboration Series

This 5-episode series focuses on teaming and collaboration in early intervention. We will discuss five components of successful teaming and collaboration: 1) understanding shared team purpose; 2) sharing common tasks and understanding unique roles; 3) valuing and respecting team members; 4) communicating openly and honestly; and 5) helping one another learn and grow. This series features guests who help us dive into these topics to deepen our understanding of how to collaborate with all team members, including families.

Functional Assessment Series

This 8-episode series focuses on how to implement functional assessment (also called authentic assessment) in the context of early intervention (EI). We introduce functional assessment then discuss important components of the process, such as observation, asking meaningful questions, and active listening. We also discuss implicit biases in assessment, how functional assessment fits into the initial assessment and Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) development, and how to use ongoing functional assessment during service delivery.

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