Upcoming Events

Cohort 2 of Effective Use of Functional Assessment in Early Intervention starts September 8!

This course, facilitated by  Dr. Lee Ann Jung will explore:

  • Methods of interviewing families
  • Using the information obtained through functional assessment
  • Blending assessment information with evaluation information
  • Using assessment information to develop measurable IFSP outcomes
  • Collaborating with families to design effective strategies
  • Identifying services and the frequency/intensity needed to best support the family

Course methods will include online modules, job-embedded activities, discussion boards and facilitated live discussions with Dr. Jung.

Dr. Jung is an expert in early childhood special education and co-founder of studentgrowthworks, an organization that supports schools nationally and internationally.

The course is administered through the LMS Schoology.  To register:

  1. Browse to Schoology.com and create a profile.
  2. Click to join a Group (not a Course)
  3. Use access code SF6TP-36GDX
  4. That's it!  Once you are in the course, click Resources on the left menu bar to see the structure of the course.  Links to course materials will not be active until the course begins Sept 8.  

New Webinar!  Resource-Based Service Coordination: Moving from Paper to Practice with Drs. M'Lisa Shelden and Dathan Rush

September 19, 2017   9 am to 12 pm

Service Coordinators are key to obtaining critical information from families that sets the stage for the assessment and development of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).  They are also the team members with essential knowledge about community resources and supports for families.  This webinar will focus on strategies for gathering information from families about their strengths, priorities, and resources as well as how to transfer this knowledge to other team members.  The webinar will also review effective help-giving practices and use of a capacity-building approach with families.  The role of the Service Coordinator as coach will be examined including when to coach and tools for having effective coaching conversations. 

To register, please access OhioTRAIN, Course # 1072485

Questions?  Please contact Lori Myers at lori.e.myers@dodd.ohio.gov


New Training!  Social and Emotional Development, Birth to 36 Months

                               A six-hour training over two sessions

                                   October 23 and October 30, 2017

                                   State Library, Columbus, OH

This training will discuss typical and atypical social-emotional development in early childhood, “red flags” for mental health disorders, functional assessment methods, and evidence-based strategies with which providers can support parents. Part One will introduce social and emotional development in the first three years of life and identify ways early childhood professionals can support infants and toddlers’ social-emotional development. Part Two will explore the development of empathy and peer relationships and identify strategies to support the development of empathy and peer relationships in infants and toddlers.

Part is One is October 23, 2017 and Part Two is October 30, 2017.  Sessions are available from either 9 am-12 pm or 1-4 pm on both dates.  Participants must attend both AM sessions or both PM sessions to receive credit for the course.

 To register, please access both sessions on OhioTRAIN.  Course # for Part One is 1072259.  Course # for Part Two is 1072260.

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Recruiting Students for Early Intervention Certificate, 2017-18

The Special Education program has received federal funding to support 6 graduate students to complete a one-year, full-time training for the Early Intervention Certificate, with full tuition scholarship and stipend. At the end of successfully-completed training, students will have the competencies required for a Developmental Specialist position to serve families of infants and toddlers with disabilities in home and community settings.

See more information, including the link to a pre-application survey, plan of study, and student testimonials on our website: http://www.kent.edu/ehhs/ldes/sped/early-intervention-certificate

Training Handbook

Training Handbook

The handbook lists state-sponsored Early Intervention (EI) trainings for the current State Fiscal Year and contains helpful resources for EI personnel. It also provides education and credentialing requirements for Service Coordinators, Service Coordinator Supervisors, and Contract Managers, and certification information for Developmental Specialists.

Ohio Train


OhioTRAIN is a Learning Management System designed to aid in professional development for professionals in public health fields. It allows users to search and register for courses and to track their learning. Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) posts many of its required and optional state-sponsored courses on OhioTRAIN. Please see the Training Handbook for instructions on how to create a profile and register for courses.

OCCRA link

The Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA)

OCCRRA provides statewide coordination of professional development services for early care learning and afterschool programs and professionals. The Ohio Professional Registry (OPR), operated through OCCRRA, is a centralized information system for early childhood and afterschool professionals. Early learning professionals can register in the OPR and maintain their experience, education, credentials and training, as well as register for Ohio-approved workshops and training offerings. Service Coordinators in Ohio are credentialed through the Ohio Professional Registry.

Free training available: Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns.

Have you ever had a concern about the development of a child in your care? Too many young children with developmental delays or disabilities miss the opportunity to benefit from early intervention services that can help them reach their full potential. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a FREE, 1-hour online continuing education course, Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns, to provide early care and education providers tools and best practices for them to work with families to monitor every young child’s development and help children with developmental delays get the early support they need.


Motivational Interviewing Webinar

 On July 13, 2017, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Robert Gallen conducted the webinar, Tough Conversations: Making the Most of Difficult Situations for Early Intervention staff.  This webinar presented information on Motivational Interviewing related to difficult situations encountered in Early Intervention practice. 

Please click here to view the Power Point slides from this presentation.  




Early Intervention Resources for Providers and Families

Early Intervention Resources for Providers and Families

This PDF contains resources that were submitted by participants in DODD's Family-Centered Practices webinar, presented by Debbie Ashley, M.Ed. in February 2017. Participants were asked to submit resources related to topics covered in the webinar. The resources cover a broad range of topics for early intervention staff and families such as: mental health, early learning, adult learning styles, child welfare, and parents with intellectual disabilities.

What to Expect During an Early Intervention Visit: handout

This document, What to Expect During an Early Intervention Visit is a one-page handout related to coaching in Early Intervention. It explains each element of an early intervention visit and gives a link to the Evidence-Based Early Intervention introductory video. The handout is designed to give families information about the early intervention process and their role in the process.

Other State Training Resources

Community of Practice

Supporting Ohio's New Service Coordinators:

This community of practice was developed to support new Service Coordinators as they learn to implement the principles and practices of Service Coordination in Early Intervention. It includes Service Coordinators who attended DODD's Principles of Service Coordination training between May and October 2016.

Please see the list of topics and associated materials developed through this Community of Practice.

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