Company Description: United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County serves children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities and their families in Berkshire County and throughout Western Massachusetts through a full array of services and resources. United Cerebral Palsy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Employment contingent on CORI, SORI, Criminal Background Check (Finger Printing) and Driving Record results.
Early Intervention Developmental Specialist
To Commensurate With Experience
concentration in education - Preference:
The Early Intervention Developmental Specialist functions as an educator and case manager to children, birth to three years old, and their families, providing assessments and developmental, therapeutic services to children, both individually and in groups, using a family centered approach.
1. Developmental screening and assessment of children birth to three years of age
2. Provision of therapeutic, developmental services as determined by the child’s family and in partnership with the family
3. Provide strength based parent and family support
4. Serve as liaison with agencies providing or having the potential to provide other family support services
5. Provide education and guidance on well baby care, nutrition, and home management of specific health problems
6. Provide education and guidance to families regarding individual children’s growth and development across all developmental domains, including: perceptual fine motor, gross motor, cognition, language and communication, self-care and personal/social skills
7. Exchange information with the medical community regarding particular children and early intervention services in general
8. Provide assistance with transition planning prior to discharge from the program and serve as an advocate for children and their families at school team meetings
9. Assess client’s overall needs and explain the Individualized Family Service Plan (ISFP) process
10. Monitor services delivered within the early intervention program and other services identified in IFSP
11. Provide information on parenting issues and community services
12. Empower families to advocate for the rights and needs of their child/children
13. Refer clients to other programs/systems when appropriate
14. Instruct parents in implementation of developmental activities at their level of understanding, emphasizing and understanding of principles behind activity selection, provide support and guidance for families to assist with utilization of community resources available to them (i.e. SSI, respite care, etc.)
15. Act as the service coordinator as assigned, including the responsibilities outlined in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Early Intervention Operational Standards
16. Provide home visits, center-based individuals, or group treatment when indicated
17. Prepare and submit child assessment and progress notes in accordance with program policies and procedures
18. Participate in all relevant staff meetings, case conferences, and in-services
19. Serve on Intake Team:
a. Single Person:
* Verbally present information to the family about the Early Intervention Program and answer questions
20. Complete Evaluations:
a. One of a 2-3 person trans-disciplinary team administering developmental assessment
* Primary responsibility to administer or observe child’s physical, emotional and cognitive response to a variety of developmental tasks and record those observations
21. Serve on IFSP Team:
a. One of a 1-2 person team to develop a service plan for a client, with the client’s caregivers.
* Primary responsibility is to verbally facilitate the meeting and the development of parent directed goals
22. Service Coordination:
a. Serve as case manager and provide oversight of the child’s case, assuring that goals and services on the IFSP, and as determined by the child’s parents are met
1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a major or concentration in education or special education, and at least 300 hours of practicum or work experience with young children. Experience with infants, toddlers and families is preferred. Transcripts of degree work or subsequent transcripts must reflect successful completion of at least 4 approved three-credit courses that focus on infants, toddlers, and families.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least 300 hours of practicum or work experience with young children. Experience with infants, toddlers and families is preferred. Transcripts of degree work or subsequent transcripts must reflect successful completion of at least 4 approved three-credit courses that focus on infants, toddlers, and families.
2. Certification as an Early Intervention Specialist by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), or eligible to be certified within three years of employment in a MDPH certified Early Intervention Program.
3. New staff who are employed 20 hours or more per week must attend a two-day orientation training offered by the Department of Public Health’s Training Center vendor within the first year of employment.
4. Experience with family therapy; behavioral change programs; autistic/PDD population; parenting concerns and issues.
5. Familiarity with specialized treatment approaches to families of disabled children (i.e. grief therapy, crisis intervention, group facilitation, individual and group counseling, family dynamics, psychosocial development, family adaption’s, community and financial resources).
6. Ability to design and facilitate parent support group/s; sibling groups, etc.
7. Demonstrated interest in professional development.
8. Must be able to meet the medical requirements included in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Early Intervention Operational Standards, including physical examinations, vaccinations and infectious disease testing.
9. Ability to work flexible hours by nature of the program.