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Early Intervention Strategies for Family Centered Care: A Practical Solution-based Guide

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Have you heard the buzz about changes in IDEA Part C guidelines and a renewed focus on family centered care? Not sure what it all means or how it applies to your clinical practice? While family centered care is not a new idea, actually implementing it in your visits with early intervention (EI) families may seem less than intuitive and challenging to accomplish. This workshop dispels the myths surrounding family centered care and will equip you with specific, concrete strategies for shifting your attention away from the child and toward the family as a whole.

Transitioning your practice to family centered care means changing your clinical habits. We have the solutions you need! Join early intervention expert, Beth Hathaway, OTD, MS, OTR/L, for this comprehensive one-day workshop and discover how to break the barriers you face with changing your clinical habits and implementing family centered care. Through a series of short 10-15 minute lectures and interactive class activities you will walk away with a new “EI Toolkit” full of exciting and fresh ways to continue making a difference in young children (birth-3 years) and their families’ lives, such as:
  • Proven techniques for coaching EI families through the family centered care approach
  • Therapeutic strategies to be embedded throughout daily family routines
  • Specific activities using common household materials so the family can continue therapy
  • Barrier breaking solutions to implementing family centered care

This practical, solution-based workshop is sure to have a lasting impact on your effectiveness as a provider of early intervention for a wide range of developmental disorders, including:
  • Autism
  • Apraxia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Articulation
  • Pragmatics
  • Functional Communication
  • Down syndrome
  • Pre-mature babies
  • Genetic disorders

You will also learn how to receive ongoing mentorship and peer support from the EI community long after the seminar is over.
  1. Describe recent changes to IDEA Part C guidelines and discuss how they impact the delivery of early intervention.
  2. Identify why family centered care is considered best practice and create a script for starting the conversation with families, peers and employers.
  3. Define, apply and practice coaching early intervention families.
  4. Target strategies for embedding care throughout daily family routines.
  5. Incorporate common household materials into therapy so that the family can continue activities long after you leave.
  6. Use social media platforms such as blogging, Twitter and Pinterest to receive ongoing mentoring and peer support.


Beth Hathaway, OTD, MS, OTR/L, has over 30 years of pediatric experience, specifically focusing her career on providing early intervention services to families and young children. She also recently completed her doctoral studies which included research on how to equip and mentor providers of early intervention to provide family-centered care. While Beth has provided care to a wide range of diagnosis, she has specific training and expertise in the area of sensory processing disorder and regulation issues in young children. Her passion for remaining a lifelong learner and sharing her clinical expertise with other professionals is the heart of her new pediatric private practice in Raleigh, NC.

Beth earned her doctorate degree through Thomas Jefferson University and an advanced master's degree in occupational therapy from AT Still University. She is an adjunct faculty member at AT Still University, teaching online at both the master’s and doctoral level.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Beth Hathaway is the founder and owner of Locus Family Centered Therapies. She is an adjunct faculty member at AT Still University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Beth Hathaway has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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