Kristie Bowlin, MS

Institute for Disability Studies: Mississippi's UCEDD
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5163
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
 
Phone: 601-266-5163
Email: kristie.bowlin@usm.edu
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Last Updated: June 14, 2017

Kristie Bowlin
 

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Early Intervention Specialist
 
Discipline(s): Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership

Vita/Bio

Kristie Bowlin
Tupelo, MS
Kristie.Bowlin@usm.edu

Education
December 2001 Master of Science in Early Intervention
The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
GPA: 4.0

May 2000 Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science
The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Emphasis: Child and Family Life
Overall GPA: 3.92 Major GPA: 4.0

Professional Experience
October 2014-present Disability Specialist
Institute for Disability Studies / Early Years Network (EYN): Special Needs, Hattiesburg, MS
• Implements training, TA, and follow-up sessions for the EYN Special Needs Credential program. Ensures child care administrators and providers can implement Universal Design Guidelines for inclusion of children with special needs in child care programs.
• Provides training and TA to EYN staff at the R&R centers regarding developmental screening, assessment and intervention strategies for children with special needs. Provides TA to EYN staff across all components of the state-wide program as requested.
• Conducts developmental screenings on children and refers families for diagnostic assessments and intervention services to state and local agencies and organizations.
• Develops Listserv postings for the EYN.

October 2007-Sept 2014 Early Intervention Specialist
Institute for Disability Studies / Project PREPARE, Hattiesburg, MS
• Provided on-site technical assistance to childcare centers emphasizing strategies to help promote successful inclusion of children with disabilities.
• Provided training and technical assistance to Early Childhood Inclusion Certificate Program (ECICP) participants.
• Provided information on best practices in early childhood education to Project PREPARE's listserv recipients.
• Provided workshops and staff development trainings on a variety of early childhood topics emphasizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

February 2007-Sept 2007 On-Site Coordinator
Mississippi State University Extension Service / Onsite Coordinator, Tupelo, MS
• Provided statewide trainings to childcare providers and directors on the Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines.
• Worked closely with providers emphasizing the importance of best practices in early child care.

September 2004- Feb 2006
Early Childhood Training Specialist
Institute for Disability Studies / Families First Children's Center, Hattiesburg, MS
• Provided on-going technical assistance to childcare centers on matters such as child development, inclusion, parental involvement, and adapting/writing curriculum.
• Wrote/adapted curriculum for children to meet their developmental strengths and needs.
• Selected developmentally appropriate materials for learning centers.
• Assisted in administration of developmental assessments using a team approach; evaluated results to determine eligibility; and made recommendations and referrals based on results.
• Collaborated with families and other professionals to develop and implement goals for children intended to enhance engagement, play skills, cognition, and overall development.

July 2003-Aug 2004
Early Childhood Special Instructor / Supervisor to Classroom Teachers
Willowood Developmental Center, Jackson, MS
• Developed educational plans and carried out educational goals for children based on their strengths, abilities, and challenges; and made accommodations to natural environments.
• Administered developmental screenings and assessments.
• Collaborated with First Steps Early Intervention to provide services through Part C; IFSP team member
• Strived to maintain learning centers with developmentally appropriate materials and activities.

January 2002-June 2003
Early Interventionist
Institute for Disability Studies / Families First Resource Center, Hattiesburg, MS
• Provided community trainings on various issues related to children with disabilities.
• Developed parent-training programs designed to promote healthy parent-child relationships.
• Provided information and support for children and families.