Welcome to the Early Intervention Special Interest Group (EI-SIG).
The purpose of the EI-SIG is to provide forums where Section and Association members who have a common interest in providing effective physical therapy services for children with disabilities in early intervention may confer, meet, share resources, and promote high standards of practice.
Early Intervention SIG News
Calling all advocates! We encourage Academy members to pay attention to what is happening in Washington, DC and address any concerns you may have with your members of Congress. Critical votes will occur on Tuesday, January 31st, so TAKE ACTION NOW!
You can use the links below to locate your Representatives or Senators.
- US House of Rep: http://ziplook.house.gov/htbin/findrep?ZIP=15237
- US Senate: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Don’t forget the APTA advocacy resources available to you at the following links
- Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs)
- work with individuals with chronic childhood conditions in a variety of settings, including early intervention and school settings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient settings, and community-based settings.
- have strong interest in cabinet positions and policies that will impact children with disabilities and their families.
- want to ensure children with disabilities and their families have access to the necessary services to promote their development, learning, and participation in life activities
- Emphasize that any candidate considered for the position of Secretary of Education should
- have a strong understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), essential federal legislation that protects the rights of all children to receive a free and appropriate education
- have a strong understanding of the history of this law and the need for a federal mandate (not relinquishing control to states)
- be a strong advocate for IDEA and for services that support the education of all children, including children with special needs
- acknowledge that many children were routinely segregated and denied the basic right to education prior to passage of IDEA
- must fully embrace and support IDEA
- Invite your Senators and Representatives to your facility, so they can better appreciate our roles in healthcare & education.
APPT communicates with Senate Committee reviewing Nominee for Secretary of Education.
The latest SIG newsletter can be found with the other Section newsletters here .
Early Intervention SIG Resources
- Importance of Mentorship - APPT Fall 2012 Newsletter Article from EI SIG; by Lisa Chiarello
- Evaluation and Assessment in Early Intervention Article - Fall 2011; by Lisa Chiarello
- Primary Service Provider Panel 2012 - Google+ Hangout with M'Lisa Shelden, Terrie Millard and Trina Puddefoot
- Chiarello L, Effgen SK. Updated competencies for physical therapists working in early intervention. Pediatric Physical Therapy 2006;18(2):148-67.
- Resources for physical therapists in early intervention
- Tummy Time Tools from Children's Health Care of Atlanta
APPT Fact Sheets:
- Promoting Your Child's Development: Information Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities
- Early Intervention Physical Therapy: IDEA Part C
- Team-based Service Delivery Approaches in Pediatric Practice
- Natural Environments in Early Intervention Services
- Using a Primary Service Provider Approach to Teaming
For a complete list of Academy on Pediatric Publications and PEDS Store, click here.
Get Involved in the EI SIG!
- Communication and networking
- Continuing education
- Development of recommendations for translating EI competencies into practice