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(Rescheduled from Feb. 26)Building Bridges: Transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood

by Staff from STARNET Regions I & III and IL Early Intervention Training along with other Early Childhood Personnel
February 26, 2013
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)

West Central Illinois Special Education Cooperative, Conference Room
130 South Lafayette, Macomb, Illinois

Description:This state-developed, standardized, and collaboratively-delivered training has been re-titled and revised in 2012 to provide more interaction. Around the age of 2 1/2 years, children and their families using Part C Early Intervention services begin the transition process to determine if they are eligible for Part C Early Childhood Special Education services by the age of three. Join those in early intervention; community care and education; early childhood public education; and families of these children to explore this process of Transition. This training focuses on the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and Illinois enactment to provide a smooth and effective transition for children and their families. Elements of the process, such as transition meetings, responsibilities, timelines, state forms, and vital partnerships will be addressed.

Presenter Bios:Sandy Ginther left the medical field 28 years ago when her daughter was born with Down syndrome. She became active in endeavors related to children, education, and disability. She has been employed with the state's Project CHOICES, directed an Early Intervention Program, served as an Early Intervention Statewide Trainer, and is currently a Family and Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARNET Regions I & III. Sandy has a B. S. in Communication from Illinois State University and graduate hours in Early Childhood from Western Illinois University, Portland State University and University of Colorado. Trained in various early childhood approaches, she frequently speaks on the need for an accepting society and of inclusive opportunities for all.

Cindy Moore is currently the 0-3 Transition Coordinator for the Four Rivers Special Education District, covering 19 school districts in west central Illinois. She has over 20 years of experience in Early Intervention, including Service Coordination and Developmental Therapy. She also was a home based teacher for Head Start. She has been providing trainings for Provider Connections, the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program and STARNET for over 10 years. Cindy also serves as an Advisor for Child Development Associate candidates in daycare facilities.

Maria Matticks, RN, BSN has been a member of Early Intervention (EI) Training Program since 2003, providing training on a variety of topics related to EI. She and her husband are parents of three children, including identical twin boys, one of which has cerebral palsy.

Maria has provided developmental therapy, parent liaison, nursing and nutritional assessment, and assistive technology services to Early Intervention clients. Prior to this, Maria was employed by the Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Early Intervention Services. Additionally, she served as a nursing consultant for an EI agency where she performed a variety of duties including screenings, intakes, assessments, nursing and nutrition services as well as quality assurance duties.

This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • Early Intervention in the Family area
  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) #3, #8
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) C, E, F


Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: West Central Illinois Special Education Cooperative

Registration form for this workshop.
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