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Building Bridges: The Transition Process from Early Intervention to Early Childhood

by Staff from STARNET Regions I & III and Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois along with other Early Childhood Personnel
October 16, 2014
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Rock Island Regional Office of Education, Room 209
3430 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, 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 brings a family's experience to the content. In addition to presenting early childhood topics, she frequently speaks on the need for an accepting society and the benefits of inclusive opportunities for all. Sandy has a long history of serving on boards, task forces, and other volunteer entities.

Maria Matticks, RN, BSN has been a consultant/trainer with the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) since 2003, speaking on a variety of topics related to Early Intervention (EI) throughout Illinois. She has also been a speaker as national and international conferences, and is often a guest lecturer for parent groups, nursing programs, and educational programs. Maria and her husband are parents of three children. Their twin sons participated in the EI program, and continued with early childhood services and beyond. Along with her personal experiences, Maria also has over 20 years experience in the EI field. She provided developmental therapy, nursing, parent liaison, and assistive technology services as an early interventionist and was also employed for several years by the Illinois Department of Human services in the Bureau of Early Intervention Services. When not busy with EI, Maria operates a business that provides incontinence services to children and adults with disabilities.

Continuing Education - This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 6
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) C
  • EI Credit in the area of Families
Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois
Rock Island ROE Partnering with Parents/Early Learning Quad Cities
Click here to register for this face-to-face workshop
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