ERIC Number: ED451640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Caring for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: New Roles for Physicians. Final Report.
Garland, Corinne W.; Kniest, Barbara A.; Quigley, Andrea C.
This final report discusses the activities and outcomes of a 3-year project designed to replicate a uniquely successful training model for involving physicians in community early intervention systems. The Caring for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: New Roles for Physicians (CFIT) model includes three replicable components: state planning, introductory seminars, and independent study. In state planning, a state leadership planning group composed of early intervention personnel, physicians and pediatricians, and other key personnel, worked with project staff to plan the replication process in their own states. Following the state planning, the CFIT seminars introduced pediatricians and family physicians to the concepts of a community-based, interdisciplinary, interagency early intervention approach, to family-centered services, and to the CFIT independent study process. The model was replicated in seven states and territories from October 1, 1997, through September 30, 2000, and trained 964 physicians. Evaluation data have provided strong evidence of the efficacy of the model in increasing both pediatricians' and family physicians' knowledge and competency as members of early intervention teams. The goals and objectives of the project, theoretical framework, problems encountered, evaluation, and impact are discussed. Appendices include CFIT competencies, independent study manual introductory materials, and evaluation measures. (Contains 13 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Programs, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Infants, Interdisciplinary Approach, Knowledge Level, Models, Pediatrics, Physicians, Program Design, Program Evaluation, Teamwork, Toddlers, Training Methods
Child Development Resources, Inc., P.O. Box 280, Norge, VA 23127. Tel: 757-566-3300; Web site: http://www.cdr.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Child Development Resources, Norge, VA.
Note: For the 1998 edition, see ED 417 530.