Thursday, 11 February 2016

Discovery Child Receives Letter of Recognition from Early Intervention Council!

We are really proud of our work and cooperation with the Simcoe County Early Intervention Council. From participating in their campaign and helping to develop processes, to hosting educational events, we have played a huge role in this program. We are pleased to share with you a letter we recently received from them, recognizing our efforts. You can read the letter below.

“Dear Karen,

The Early Intervention Council members would like to recognize you for demonstrating key Council values. These values include the support of system integration, family centred service deliver, early identification and education, teamwork and change championing.

Right from the inception of Early Screening Matters, you were quick to demonstrate leadership. You were in fact, the person, who named our initiative! You not only participated in the “name our screening initiative campaign, but your suggested name also received the most votes. We now proudly refer to our initiative as Early Screening Matters. You demonstrated leadership and teamwork by being instrumental in the co-creation of the “Welcome letter” to be used by child care centres at registration.

Your adoption of Early Screening Matters was swift. You have a solid process for sharing information with families at registration by discussing our screening initiative with them and including a welcome letter and red flags for speech and language in your enrollment packages. You have shared that the inclusion of the “welcome letter: and related conversation at registration is key for parents.

You successfully established a clear process for your staff to follow when they have concerns about a child in their classroom and you have built a strong support system for them. Staff are encouraged to complete the Early Screening Matters module series and you frequently forward the names of new staff to be added to the Community Learning Library. Another effective method for building capacity and supporting your staff is your invitation to role play administration of an ERIK with a supervisor to increase confidence. What a fabulous idea!

You have hosted many educational events to build capacity, Learning Language & Loving It, Effective Classroom Strategies for the Preschool Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Calm, Alert, & Ready to Communicate in a Child Care Centre are just a few of the workshops hosted. Intake at RVH has received a total of 7 ERIKs from screeners in your centre. Thank you!

Council members believe your work has made a significant difference in the lives of children.

Thank you Karen, your contributions are truly appreciated,

Kim Latour & Michele KapteynEarly Intervention Council Co-Chairs”

We are so glad to be a part of this effort, and to be recognized for making a difference in the lives of children. Thank you!


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