Cross-disciplinary Competencies: Serving the whole child


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar

Traditionally, professionals have been trained in a single discipline usually corresponds to an area of development Additionally, most disciplines are trained to be able to offer services and intervene across a broad age range: the lifespan of an individual. Upon completion of a program of study in a discipline, an individual is then licensed in a discipline to provide services to persons across the lifespan. These training and licensing practices create two challenges to providing effective early childhood intervention to infants and young children and their families: 1) interventions may be focused to specific areas of development by discipline specific interventionists (e.g. an occupational therapist provides specific motor intervention and does not incorporate any other areas of development into her therapy/intervention); and 2) interventions may be provided by a person who does not have any specific experience or competence in infancy or early childhood.

The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC), which is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education joined with representatives from seven national organizations to examine the professional knowledge, skills and competencies that all disciplines should have when providing intervention to infants and young children. The organizations included: The Council of Exceptional Children (CEC), the Division of Early Childhood (DEC), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Zero to Three. This webinar will present the methodology used by the ECPC in collaboration with these seven organizations to align discipline standards. The result was four personnel competency areas that have been operationally defined and endorsed by the representatives of the organizations as being equally important to all disciplines providing early childhood intervention services. It should be noted that these competencies will not replace the need for therapists and teachers to retain expertise and are licensed in their own discipline to address the needs of the infant or child. Rather, it will help insure the effectiveness of integrating all developmental areas into a child’s interventions.

A Webinar from AUCD's Early Childhood Special Interest Group.


Toby Long, PhD, PT, FAPTA, is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University, Training Director of the Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Early Intervention. Dr. Long is also the director of the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development for the District of Columbia's early intervention program, Strong Start. She is Professor of Physical Therapy at the Krannert Graduate School of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis, and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Long is an internationally known speaker and consultant on service delivery to children with disabilities and special health care needs. She is the author of The Handbook of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Second Edition. Dr. Long was recently named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow from the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Long provides Leadership Technical Assistance to Washington, D.C. and serves as a Knowledge Generation consultant in our cross disciplinary and personnel standards product development.

Vicki D. Stayton, PhD, is a Professor in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) in the School of Teacher Education at Western Kentucky University and teaches in the blended Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education (EC/ECSE) programs. Vicki has directed numerous state and federal grants specific to preservice education and professional development. She has been active in both state and national initiatives having served as a Past-President of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), as chair of DEC's Personnel Preparation Committee, and co-chair of the personnel preparation strand for DEC's recommended practices. She has served on CEC, NAEYC, and state committees specific to personnel standards and accreditation and is now DEC's representative to CEC's Knowledge and Skills Subcommittee. Dr. Stayton serves as a Knowledge Generation consultant in our cross disciplinary and personnel standards product development.
Darla Gundler holds the positions of Director, Early Intervention Parent Leadership Project and staffs the Massachusetts Interagency Coordinating Council at the Department of Public Health. Darla joined the ECPC team to encourage family engagement at all levels. She is involved in advocacy at both the state and the national level to encourage parent leadership development at all levels, and utilization and access to online resources to become better informed.

Mrs. Gundler provides Intensive Technical Assistance Arizona, Michigan, and Nevada, and Leadership Technical Assistance to New Mexico.

Mary Beth Bruder, PhD, has been in the early childhood intervention field since 1976. She began her career as an early childhood intervention public school teacher in VT. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Developmental Disabilities in 1983. She was an assistant professor of early childhood special education at Virginia Commonwealth University, and since 1986, Dr. Bruder has been at the University of CT School of Medicine where she is a professor in Community Medicine and Health Promotion, Pediatrics and Educational Psychology. She currently directs the University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service.

Dr. Bruder has directed over 75 federal and state research demonstration and training grants and contracts, and is on the editorial board of several peer reviewed journals in disabilities. She is the editor of Infants and Young Children and she is on the board of the International Society of Early Intervention. Dr. Bruder is a recognized leader in the early childhood intervention and has an extensive history in the UCEDD Network. She is also the parent of children with disabilities.

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