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Application of Best Practice in Early Childhood Services 2015-2016

Awarded for Services 2015-2016

Each year the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Inservice Training System, based on applications from across the state, recognize early intervention/tiny-k programs for the application of best practices related to their services. These applications reflect interventions or services that are conducted in a manner consistent with the DEC Recommended Practices in the field of early intervention. As in the past, early intervention/tiny-k programs had the opportunity to submit an application that focused on one area from a number of program components. These applications were reviewed by professionals from across the state and considered for recognition.

One program was honored for their services during the annual meeting of the Kansas Division for Early Childhood, in Wichita on Thursday, February 25, 2016. This program received a certificate of recognition and $1,250 to use as an added resource for their services.

Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County (ITS of JC) is recognized for the application of best practice in utilization of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) through the primary service provider approach. ITS of JC carefully selected the ESDM for intervention with children with autism. This selection was followed by establishment of a set of specific criteria for selection of staff who would receive intensive training on the model, which was then followed by focused training for additional staff. The program embeds intervention in the child's and family's daily routines and activities through active engagement of the families and the primary service provider model. Print materials also support the intervention. The entire program staff is committed to the fidelity of application and adherence to the ESDM.

Contact: Monica Helfer, Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County, 6400 Glenwood, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66202, phone: 913.432.2900 email: monica.helfer@itsjc.org

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