Service coordination is a critical part of the early intervention system. To support the important work of service coordinators in Virginia, resources, information, and training opportunities related to providing service coordination will be posted here.
For information about Virginia's service coordination training series, Kaleidoscope, New Perspectives in Service Coordination, check out this white paper [ PDF | HTML ] for an overview, evaluation data, and a summary of a recent study of the Kaleidoscope, Level I training.
For more information about each level of Kaleidoscope and to register for upcoming trainings:
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Bruder, M. B., & Dunst, C. J. (2008). Factors related to the scope of early intervention service coordinator practices. Infants & Young Children, 21(3), 176-185. (external website)
The study investigated the influence of the model of service coordination, the length and frequency of service coordination contacts, and the helpgiving practices used by service coordinators on service coordination practices, such as IFSP oversight, coordination with other services, provision of information to families, etc.
Dunst, C. J., & Bruder, M. B. (2006). Early intervention service coordination models and service coordination practices. Journal of Early Intervention, 28(3), 155-165. (external website | pdf)
This article presents information about three different models of service coordination (dedicated and independent, dedicated but not independent, and blended) and nine different service coordination practices. Strengths and limitations of the different models are discussed.
How Your Service Coordinator Can Help You PDF | HTML
I&TC of Arlington
This one-page handout can be used to help families identify who their service coordinator is and what roles he/she plays in early intervention supports and services.
Service Coordination Activity Note – Templates
I&TC of the Rappahannock Area
These templates can be adapted for any local system and have been approved by the VA Part C office as meeting requirements for service coordination contact note documentation.
Hear how one father describes the support his family received from their service coordinator and the importance of this support to his family.
Laura, a developmental services provider from the I&TC of Norfolk, describes the important role service coordinators play in supporting service providers on the IFSP team.
The Research and Training Center on Service Coordination was a five-year project funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education. The goal of the center was to examine the status of service coordination for children with disabilities and their families receiving early intervention services under Part C of IDEA. Newsletters and other free publications can be accessed on this site related to the research findings of this project.
This resource page is maintained by the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) with information related to the provision of service coordination in early intervention. Visit this page for a variety of resources.