Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum of 18 hours of semester course credit relevant to early childhood intervention including three hours of semester course credit in early childhood development or early childhood special education is required. Master's degree is preferred.
Description: Early Intervention Specialists (EIS) are responsible for assessing infant and toddler development to determine strengths, needs, and eligibility. The EIS is responsible for taking referrals, completing pre-enrollment paperwork, scheduling and participating in the comprehensive developmental evaluation, and helping to develop the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The EIS provides Specialized Skills Training (SST) and case management to eligible infants and toddlers, age's birth to three years old, and their families in the child's natural environment taking into consideration the daily routines of the child and family. Must love working with children. Early Intervention Specialists operate in a dynamic environment, develop extensive knowledge of community resources, collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and cultivate a clinical skill-set by forging therapeutic relationships with diverse community members. Services are provided in the community and require the use of a personal automobile and cell phone.
The Early Intervention Specialist works in partnership with racially and culturally diverse individuals, promoting age-appropriate development by teaching parents and caregivers skills to help children develop in the following developmental areas: physical/motor, communication, adaptive, cognitive, and social/emotional. The EIS provides developmental evaluations and assessments of infant and toddler strengths and needs using the Battelle Developmental Inventory-2 NU and the Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP) Strands as needed. The EIS identifies family priorities, concerns, and resources at regular intervals to ensure optimal and personalized services. The EIS plans and develops the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSPs) with the family and team no later than 45 days from the date of referral. Frequent service coordination with external and internal providers is necessary to support individuals in achieving independent functioning and appropriate services. Additional responsibilities of the EIS include the following: provide SST services in the child's natural environment; provide first services within 28 days of the date of enrollment; help families gain access to needed medical, educational, social, developmental, and other resources that directly benefit the eligible child; coordinate assessments and evaluations such as speech, occupational and physical, therapy, and behavioral assessment; identify appropriate steps and transition services together with the ECI family and team when children are at least 27 months and before age 33 months old; facilitate transition to the Local Education Agency (LEA) or other community services that the ECI family would like to participate in after exiting ECI services; coordinate initial and annual eligibility determination and IFSP within one year of initial meetings; assist parents and the eligible child in gaining access to procedural safeguards and rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C. An interdisciplinary team that includes a physician or licensed practitioner of the healing arts (LPHA) must recommend SST, and SST services are monitored by the interdisciplinary team at regular intervals. The EIS completes all documentation within 24 hours of service and submits all paperwork within 48 hours, meets agency and program deadlines, and attends all staff meetings.
License(s): Current and valid Texas driver's license and a clean driving record required.
Hours: Full-Time, Monday-Friday
Salary: Starting Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) salary is at $38,479-$40,739 based on education, but internal applicants are subject to Integral Care's QMHP career ladder.
Integral Care strives to maintain a diverse workforce. We encourage all to apply, including those who have knowledge and/or experience working with underserved populations, including Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and LGBTQA communities.
For specific positions, additional compensation may be available to those who are bilingual in both English and one of the following languages: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, or Burmese. (PM16)
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