Health Literacy Principles and Adult Education Strategies to Engage Families in Early Intervention Services


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar


At the end of the presentation, participants will:

  • Identify evidence-based approaches to enhance family engagement in early intervention services.
  • Identify and apply health literacy principles and adult education strategies to facilitate provider-caregiver interaction.
  • Use effective communication strategies to enhance coaching.


Service provision in early intervention requires effective communication between professionals and families. This is especially true given the shift toward coaching within a primary service provider model. This webinar will review research findings that were guided by health literacy principles and adult education strategies to illustrate the need for enhanced communication in early intervention. Facilitation and communication strategies to be incorporated into the daily practice of early intervention professionals who utilize coaching to provide caregiver education will be addressed.


Kris Barnekow, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As an experienced occupational therapist, Dr. Barnekow has served families of children enrolled in services through Milwaukee County's Birth to 3 Program. Dr. Barnekow's clinical experience provided her with an understanding of the importance of family empowerment and navigation through systems of care. For that reason her research has focused on health promotion and disease prevention strategies for parents and children who have special health care needs. She is part of an interdisciplinary team that has investigated the readability of early intervention program literature and the health literacy skills of parents who have children enrolled in early intervention programs.
  Simone C. O. Conceição, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Administrative Leadership at the   University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has expertise in adult education, instructional design, curriculum development, online education, and program evaluation. She recently concluded a three-year federal grant in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to develop a curriculum for caregivers of children with special needs. As an adult educator and instructional designer, her role in the grant was to facilitate the instructional design process through the development and evaluation of the health literacy instructional materials. As an adult educator, researcher, and consultant, she has provided services to a variety of fields such as education, industry, business, and health care.













Please Note:

  • There is NO cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
  • For disability accommodations contact email Anna Costalas or call 301-588-8252 a minimum of five days in advance.
  • This webinar will be archived.



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