Welcome to the first issue of our new and improved newsletter. It is my hope we can be of service to you and your family, as well as people that support you by sharing information, strategies and resources that will benefit you.
As I write this, I am spending time in the Maritimes with my family, who flew from Ontario to watch me present at a conference in Nova Scotia, where I talked about â€œEffective Practices in Early Intervention.â€
Service delivery models vary from province to province and there are vast differences in government funding available for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The government of Nova Scotia has recently made the decision to have Early Intervention fall under the umbrella of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Centres are being developed that will house all services for children under the age of six and their families.
This new initiative provides an opportunity for reviewing the system of support to children and family in the early years â€“ especially Early Intervention, which was the focus of my workshop.
The workshop also provided the opportunity for Early Interventionists to expand their knowledge in delivering effective practices to families of young children with disabilities or developmental delays.
In this issue, we continue our exploration of what it means to be â€œFamily Centred.â€ Our feature article breaks down our most recent blog post (â€œWhat Do Parents Want to Know?â€) into an easy-to-use metric that will help you discuss your informational needs with your consultant.
Clinical Director, Family Centred Practices Group