Quality Interventions with Infants and Toddlers

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Presenter: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP
Early Intervention is not for the faint of heart, especially with best practice updates, dynamic home environments, ever-rotating patient caseloads, and the influx of more medically fragile birth to 3 yo patients.  This 90 min course is designed to educate learners about current best practice interventions that are based in policy and practices that do NOT require flashcards or a bag of toys!  Join speaker Michelle Dawson, MS CCC-SLP on a journey into the wild wide world of EI with a much needed and refreshing emphasis on functional therapy for activities of daily living in a patient’s natural environment.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  • List 2 nationwide guiding policy and procedures that shape our treatment of individuals receiving EI 
  • Define and provide examples of natural environments
  • List 3 examples of current EBP that could be incorporated into EI speech therapy.
About Michelle: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP is an accomplished lecturer and PEDs Therapist, she has written and given numerous ASHA approved CEU lectures on such topics as Infantile Spasm and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, along with Apps and ST, and co-authored a course on Best Practices in EI.  She has also given an AOTA-approved lecture on Sensory Integration from the SLP perspective.  Michelle has delivered lectures at the SCSHA Convention and twice with the SCATP Expo. 
Additional Information

1.5 Hours

CE Credit:

Course Level:
Professional, Introductory

Course Timeline: 

15 min: Introduction/Procedures: Review current policies and  procedures outlining EI services 

10 min: Natural Environment and  Co-Treatments: Define and explore guidelines outlining these topics

25 min: EBP Interventions to Incorporate: Explanation of current multimodal strategies to incorporate into tx.  

20 min: Case Studies: Present 2 scenarios and discuss potential tx options

10 min: Considerations for Feeding and Medically Fragile:  Words of caution for this population

10 min: Questions and Adjourn

Disclosure Statement: 

Financial: Michelle Dawson is a speaker for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receive royalty payments. 

Non Financial:  No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


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