Webinar - Cross-disciplinary Competencies: Serving the whole child

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

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.

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