Dana Childress, PhD
Early Intervention Consultant
Professional Development Facilitator
EARLY INTERVENTION MATTERS
COMMENTS & REVIEWS
PAUSE & REFLECT
The right resource at the right time for early intervention providers. Pause and Reflect offers a unique combination of readable, practical content to engage professionals in a thoughtful examination of their practice and provides strategies for developing a plan for professional growth. This guide includes a variety of interactive activities, anecdotes, checklists, examples, and resources for both individual and group study, making it a wonderful addition to the libraries of both EI and professional development providers.
JULIANN WOODS, PHD, CCC-SLP
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
FAMILY CENTERED EARLY INTERVENTION
A compendium of ten exceptionally well and presented articles deftly organized into four major section, "Family-Centered Family-Centered Early Intervention: Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments" is a major contribution to the field of special needs education.
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
PAUSE & REFLECT
Childress’s approach to addressing the “research to practice” gap hits the mark by providing new and practicing Early Interventionist with practical, user-friendly resources to assess their own practice and guide their work with parents, caregivers, and children. I honestly couldn’t put the book down. I was intrigued from the start by Childress’s story and the way she personally connected to each topic and offered down to earth, doable strategies and information to promote reflection and practice. I cheered hardily as I read Chapter 3 and the connections made to adult learning. This book is a must read for new and practicing Early Interventionist and a resource for faculty and others supporting professional learning. I will definitely use and share this resource with others in the field.
LINDA LABAS, MED CENTER FOR COMMUNITY INCULSION AND DISABILITY STUDIES
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
Dana Childress, PhD is a writer, early intervention consultant, and professional development facilitator/trainer with more that 27 years of experience in the early intervention (EI) field. As a former EI educator, service coordinator, supervisor, and mother of a child who received EI, she understands the work of early intervention from multiple perspectives and brings these perspectives to her writing and training opportunities. Dana recently accepted a faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education at Old Dominion University. In her previous work as an EI Professional Development Consultant with the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, she wrote the Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog, developed resources for practitioners working in the field, and co-hosted the EI on the Fly podcast.
Dana frequently brings her sense of humor, respect for the work, and deep understanding of best practice to staff development webinars and virtual and in-person presentations at state and national conferences. Her interests include adult learning and EI service delivery, family centered practices, supporting family implementation of intervention strategies, and finding ways to help bridge the research to practice gap through interactive professional development for EI practitioners. She is available to provide program-level professional development in the form of multi-session workshops, webinars, book studies, and other training activities.
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