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August 2019
DCBDD News and Updates
DCBDD Block Party - Liberty Park, Powell
3rd Annual Block Party
August 29, 2019
3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

It's time for the big event of the year, the annual Block Party! This free and family friendly event is great for people of all ages. There will be a DJ and tasty food for purchase -- so come hungry and ready to dance! Be sure to stop by and see our many wonderful partners joining us this year.
2019 Block Party Partners
  • Advanced Pediatric Therapies
  • Beyond Homecare, LLP
  • Canvas Creations for You
  • Creative Foundations
  • Deaf Services Center
  • Delaware County District Library
  • Delaware County Prosecutor's Office
  • Delaware County Sheriff's Office
  • Delaware General Health District
  • Delaware City Police Department
  • Delaware Speech and Hearing Center
  • Focus On Abilities
  • Haugland Therapy Services & Learning Center
  • IDEA Advocates
  • Life Builders, LLC
  • McKibben and Monte, LLC
  • Pathways Credit Union
  • Ride LLC
  • The Alpha Group
  • The Flourish Center
  • The Gentle Hands Care Agency, LLC
  • The Learning Spectrum
  • Next Door Boards
  • Self-Advocates of Delaware County
Community Events & Resources
Transition Bootcamp
The is the second year that DCBDD will be hosting this valuable series focused on important transition topics. September's topic will be focused on Charting the Lifecourse.
2019-2020 Delaware County Transition Fair
October 15, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Click here  to learn more.
Video Recap for July Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families Meeting
Interested in getting involved in the CoP meeting? Register to attend the next meeting on October 16 by clicking here.
5 Things to Know About Trust Planning by Logan Phillips
Free Google Minis
To celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Google Nest is partnering with the Reeve Foundation to provide up to 100,000 free Google Home Minis. Making home more helpful for people living with paralysis.  Click here   to learn more.
LifeBOKS Resource
A free kit provided children with autism to prevent wandering and wandering related accidents.  Click here  to learn more.
An Evening with Dr. Temple Grandin
September 29, 2019

Dr. Temple Grandin is professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson. Click here to learn more about her upcoming event.
Synergy Conference
October 2 - 4, 2019
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
Visit: to learn more.
Delaware County Make a Difference Day
October 26, 2019
To learn more or register to volunteer,  click here .
Research Study on the Health of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
The Nisonger RRTC is seeking participation in a health focused study. Interested in learning more? Click here to download the flier.
Technology First
Communication Tablets
A communication tablet is a form of assistive technology that allows people to communicate in other ways besides the traditional form of speech communication. There are many varieties of communication tablets. Watch this video to see a communication tablet in action.
Letters from Staff at DCBDD
Early Intervention
Twenty plus years ago I completed my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education (Birth -5) and began my career as an Early Intervention Specialist, now Developmental Specialist (DS). Prior to that time I supported families in the Mental Health System. Professionally, I have seen many trends and changes throughout the DD system. In 2010, the State of Ohio transitioned to Evidenced Based Early Intervention (EI) which is still the method being practiced today.

Evidenced Based EI is based on 7 Key Principles that focus on the specific needs of families who have infants and toddlers. This model identifies a Service Coordinator and Primary Service Provider (PSP) for each family that are supported by an entire core team. This team consists of Service Coordinators, Developmental Specialists and contracted therapists; Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy. When needed, the team is able to bring in other specialists to provide support to families and the teams. The team supports a family from the initial contact through Evaluation and Assessment, the Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) and through the transition and exit from EI. The experience I have had over the past two years implementing this model has provided me with the mental stimulation and professional growth I had been craving for years in the field of EI.

To truly understand what EI offers families, it easiest to share a story. This past October our team received a referral regarding a family who recently had spent 156 days in the NICU with their baby girl who was born at 25 weeks gestation. When the family was finally able to leave the hospital they arrived home exhausted, scared and overwhelmed. When we met this family they were not sure about EI services. The team members took the time to really get to know this family so they could decide how to proceed.

As a team, we spent time focusing on the relationship between the parent and the infant using the Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) as a starting point. Carefully observing how the infant responds and regulates herself, as well as observing responses to stimuli and positioning. This was a great way for the team to get to know this family and start building a relationship of trust. EI programming focuses on the goal that parents feel confident and competent. It was imperative for us to have a clear understanding of the child’s and family’s needs to empower them with the tools needed for success.

Change can be challenging but it can also be stimulating, insightful and enlightening. As we move forward through change we can learn things about ourselves, find better ways to work together and increase the quality of support we offer to the families we serve. When we listen carefully, families can lead us down the path that works best for them, evoking the feelings of confidence and competence for all. When it all comes together the parents can focus on just being parents. They can set their worries aside and enjoy daily life all while knowing there is a team of professionals who will listen and support their family and child’s needs as he or she grows.