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					OSEP Project Director’s Conference
 State Deaf Blind Projects Meeting
                      July 24, 2008
   *   Characteristics of coaching
   *   Proposed coaching strategies – NV
   *   DB project role in state coaching model
   *   Examples of distance coaching strategies
   *   Examples of current strategies
   *   Discussion/problem solving
   *   Topics – Back to Basics
            Pilot Project
   Idaho Infant Toddler Program
Idaho Department of Health/Welfare
   Interdependent team of highly-qualified
    practitioners required by IDEA, Part C
    Early Intervention Program

   Issues with multiple providers
    ** Lack of coordination
    ** Poor teaming
    ** Different directions
    ** Plans not coordinated
   Involvement of multiple providers in a
    family’s life on a regular basis has been
    found to negatively impact family functioning

   Focusing on services and multiple disciplines
    implementing decontextualized, child-
    focused, and deficit-based interventions has
    not proven optimally effective
   Independent, child-focused interventionists
    to members of family-centered teams that
    use a primary coach approach to minimize
    the disruptions in family’s lives

   Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Sheldon, Center for
    Advanced Study of Excellence in Early
    Childhood and Family Support Practices, J.
    Iverson Riddle Developmental Center,
    Morganton, North Carolina
   A multidisciplinary team where one member
    is selected as the primary coach, receives
    coaching from other team members, and uses
    coaching with parents and other primary care
    providers to support and strengthen
    parenting competence and confidence in
    promoting child learning and development
    and obtaining desired supports and resources
 Type   (i.e., coaching)

 Content   (i.e., natural learning environment
   Everyday activities as sources of interest-
    based learning opportunities

   Situation-specific experiences, opportunities,
    events that involve a child’s interaction with
    people, the physical environment or both
    which provides the context to learn

   Taking a bath, feeding the dog, reading a
   Strengthen the capacity of family members to
    promote their child’s learning/development

   Jointly examine and reflect on current

   Apply new skills and competencies with

   Problem-solve challenging situations
1) Identified team

2) Primary coach as team liaison

3) Coaching interaction style
   Early childhood educator and/or early
    childhood special educator
   Occupational therapist
   Physical therapist
   Speech-language pathologist
   Parents
   Service coordinator
   Additional members – DB Project staff
The primary coach is selected based upon
 desired outcomes of the family,
 rapport/relationship between coach and
 learner, and knowledge and availability of the
 primary coach and the family.

 The primary coach for a family should change
 as infrequently as possible.
   Reasons for changing include a request by a
    family member or other care provider due to
    a personality conflict; or when a primary
    coach believes that even with coaching from
    other team members he or she is ineffective
    in supporting the family/care providers
   Primary coach receives coaching from other
    team members

   Ongoing formal and informal interactions

   Interactions may include observation,
    practice, reflection, feedback, and joint
   Include an opportunity for the parent or
    primary care provider to reflect on what he or
    she is doing to support the child in
    accomplishing priorities in the context of
    child interest-based learning activities

   Each coaching interaction should include
    feedback by the practitioner that consists of
    evidence-based information and strategies to
    assist the parent and end with a joint plan
   All team members must be available to serve
    as the primary coach

   All team members attend regular team
    meetings for the purpose of colleague-to
    colleague coaching

   Joint visits should occur at the same place
    and time whenever possible with/by other
    team members to support the primary coach
   Six month pilot project
   Up to five teams
   Voluntary
   Team training on November 13-14, 2008
   DB project will become a team member
    according to need
   Evaluation component
   Rural
   Contractor volume
   Time for regular meetings
   Changing practice and changing minds

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