Tag Archives: Early Intervention

Early intervention ‘boot camp’ teaches routines-based interviewing techniques

Dr. Robin McWilliam discusses interview techniques during the January session

This week, more than 25 representatives from early intervention (EI) programs around the state are gathering in Tuscaloosa for a “boot camp” on routines-based interviewing (RBI). The multi-day workshop – the first of three for 2019 – is being led by Robin McWilliam, a professor at the University of Alabama who developed the Routines-Based Model for serving young children with

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33rd annual early intervention preschool conference a success

More than 500 professionals and parents attended the 33rd annual statewide Early Intervention and Preschool Conference in Huntsville Oct. 23-25. The 2 1/2 day conference offered more than 40 sessions, recommending practices for various early intervention and preschool services from birth to 5 years of age. Penny Foster, the parent of a child with Down syndrome who received services through

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EI Update draws professionals, families (photo gallery)

Mary Bryan, a speech-language pathologist at the University of Alabama, gestures during her session on abnormal and normal feeding in infants and toddlers

  The 16th Annual Early Intervention Update was May 23 at University Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa. The daylong event was sponsored by Three Rivers Early Intervention District VII Coordinating Council, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (for Alabama’s Early Intervention System), and Auburn University Montgomery. The morning began with Lauren Wilson, the parent of a child with a disability, whose general

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‘Early Intervention Week’ celebrates impact of services for children with disabilities

Children ride bikes at 'Family Day'

The seven districts of Alabama’s Early Intervention System (AEIS) held several special events for the week of April 17-21 to celebrate the vital role early intervention plays in the success of children with disabilities or developmental delays. The celebrations were part of “Early Intervention Week” in the state of Alabama. Former Gov. Robert Bentley signed a proclamation in late March to

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EI conference draws 500 to Montgomery (photo gallery)

Rachel Harrison interviews her son Wren about his little sister Anna Pruitt (nicknamed 'AP' by the family) as dad Brian listens in

Some 500 parents and early intervention and preschool professionals are gathering in Montgomery this week for the Early Intervention and Preschool Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Once Upon a Time … Everyone Has a Story.” The opening session for the two-and-a-half-day conference featured the Harrison family of Tuscaloosa, who shared their personal story about Anna Pruitt, their youngest

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ICC honors retiring commissioner (photo gallery)

Interagency Coordinating Council extends well wishes to Commissioner Boswell

  The Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) for early intervention services honored ADRS Commissioner Cary Boswell at its June 8 meeting. The group presented Boswell, who is retiring June 30, with a signed and inscribed copy of the book ‘Sweet Dreams: 5-Minute Bedtime Stories.’ Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind President John Mascia, who serves on the council, was also on

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ADRS Med Aspects conference offers training opportunity for staff

Laura Lieb, a nurse practitioner, speaks at the 'Understanding Parkinson Disease' session

The ADRS Medical Aspects of Disability Conference attracted some 250 EI, CRS, VRS, and SAIL staff to the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham. The two-day conference featured 16 distinct concurrent sessions on such topics as diabetes, dementia, traumatic brain injury and vision, dysphagia, professional ethics, seizures and epilepsy, spasticity management, Parkinson’s disease, “hearing privilege,” and stroke.

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31st EI and Preschool Conference ‘knocks it out of the park’

CRS State Parent Consultant Susan Colburn welcomes parents to the families-only session on family leadership

The 31st Early Intervention and Preschool Conference is being held this week in Montgomery. The two-and-a-half day conference includes sessions on positioning equipment for children with special needs, promoting positive behavior, child-guided assessment, transition to preschool, strategies for improving social-pragmatic communication skills, EI in child-care settings, assistive technology for children with complex communication needs, maternal depression, working with Hispanic families,

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Parents, professionals gather for 14th Early Intervention Update

Brian Harrison, the father of a child with special needs, spoke in the session entitled 'From a Father's Perspective'

Parents and early intervention providers and other professionals gathered in Tuscaloosa today for the 14th Annual Early Intervention Update. The event was sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (for Alabama’s Early Intervention System) and the Three Rivers Early Intervention District VII Coordinating Council. Some 200 participants attended the one-day workshop, which featured sessions on the importance of early

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EI’s Blakeney welcomes ‘brand new challenge’ in leadership role

On Jan. 1, Amy Blakeney stepped into her new role of assistant coordinator of Alabama’s Early Intervention System, a position long held by Kim Hill, who retired in December. “Having been with ADRS for 15 years, and working with persons with disabilities throughout my entire career, I already have a love and a passion for what I do,” said Blakeney. “But this new

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Upcoming EI conference to be ‘sailing with flying colors’

Conference attendees participate in the group activity during the Family Voices of Alabama session, 'Dream Weavers: Tips for Developing the Supports Your Family Needs'

The 30th Annual Early Intervention and Preschool Conference is set for Nov. 17-19 at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile. The theme of this year’s conference is “Sailing with Flying Colors.” The keynote speakers for the two-and-a-half day conference will be Dr. Allen Mallory, one of the most-popular child care speakers in the country, and teacher-author-consultant Dr. Jean Feldman.

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