Anyone have any exp. w/ Early Intervention social workers?

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  1. amethyst

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    Feb 26, 2006

    I am considering switching my major from teaching to Family Services and I'm interested in working in Early Intervention. I know what Early Intervention is, but I'm trying to find out exactly what social workers who work in Early Intervention do.

    I thought maybe some of you who work in Early Childhood settings, but have had some experience with this and could give me some ideas.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. TeachWildThings

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    I am a Early Intervention teacher (Early Childhood Special Education Specialist, 0-PreK) and currently I serve children birth to three who all have multiple disabilities. They have social workers who are service coordinators for them and lead the IFSP meetings. They work with families to find out what their family needs are. They work with other agencies to provide services such as PT, OT, Early Intervention teachers, sometimes certain medical services, respite care, Vision & Deaf services, ect. They are not involved as child protection workers but they, like teachers are mandated reporters. It is a bit different for each state, but each state usually has some type of "Early Start" program in place.

    My experience with them is much the same as in education. Some really great people & some really clueless ones. To be a great one you need to be very organized, empathetic & have an awareness & consideration toward a variety of cultures. A second language can't hurt either as many act as interpreters.
     
  4. NELNaples

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    I used to be a social worker, a financial planner, a waitress - yet my class is the only place I have ever felt happy working in. Trust your instincts. Maybe sub a little.
     

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