Tele-Intervention in Virginia:
Data, Benefits, Challenges, & Advice from Practitioners
June 1, 2021 • Talks on Tuesdays Webinar

In Part I of this series, we reviewed data from two surveys of early intervention practitioners about their experiences providing tele-intervention. In Part II, we will host a panel discussion with current EI practitioners from our Teleflections video series about themes from the survey findings. Our discussion will address experiences with coaching during tele-intervention, supporting parent-child interactions and teaching parents virtually, overcoming challenges, transitioning back to some in-person visits, and advice for others providing tele-intervention.
Dana Childress, Ph.D.
Dana is an Early Intervention Professional Development Consultant with the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked in the field of early intervention (EI) for more than 25 years as an educator, service coordinator, supervisor, trainer, author, and consultant. She currently works as part of Virginia's EI professional development team developing resources and conducting web-based and in-person training. She manages content for the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center site, writes the Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog, and co-hosts the EI on the Fly Podcast. Dana is the co-author of the book, Family-Centered Practices in Early Intervention: Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments. Her next book, Pause and Reflect: Your Guide to a Deeper Understanding of Early Intervention Practice, will be published in 2021. 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 in-service EI practitioners. 
Dana Carroll, MOT
Dana is an occupational therapist with over 25 years experience working in pediatrics. She established Play to Grow in 2009 with an emphasis on early intervention out of her love for helping families and her understanding that providing intervention early not only benefits the child, but it benefits the entire family. Her team of therapists serve children in the Chesapeake and Western Tidewater area and believe that when you change the BEGINNING, you change the END. Dana loves laughter and bringing playfulness into each visit with a family. In her personal time, she can be found either on the baseball field with her son or at the horse barn with her daughter.
Michelle Harris, MS, CCC-SLP
Michelle is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who serves the communities of Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County through the Infant Toddler Connection. She received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and continued her course work at Longwood University, where she received her master’s degree.
Naomi Grinney, LCSW
Naomi has worked in early intervention for the past seven years. Prior to working in EI, Naomi worked as a community-based mental health crisis response provider, as social worker in a psychiatric hospital and as a behavioral interventionist at a residential treatment center. Naomi is passionate about supporting the social emotional development of children and building family capacity and has worked with kids and families for twenty years. As the parent of a child who received Early Intervention services, Naomi brings a unique perspective to her role in providing tools and resources to empower parents in supporting their child’s development.
Brandie Kendrick
Brandie works for the Infant and Toddler Connection of Danville-Pittsylvania County. Her journey in Early Intervention began in March 2016 when she was 7 months pregnant with her second daughter. While she says going on home visits and learning all about Early Intervention while very large and pregnant was not ideal, she would not change her initial experiences in EI for anything. After learning on the job very quickly, she found her happy place in completing intakes and assessments. In 2019, Brandie was promoted to a Lead Case Manager position with her agency. Her role now consists of supervising the Part C team of service coordinators as well as calling all new referrals and completing Initial assessments. She enjoys being the first person to share Early Intervention with a family. She finds this both challenging and rewarding.
Melissa "Missy" Rose, PT, DPT, C/NDT
Missy has been practicing Pediatric Physical Therapy in the Tidewater area for 31 years. She became a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2018 and she is certified in NDT as well as in Early Intervention. She began her career in 1990 at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) where she worked until 2009. Missy worked in multiple treatment environments including outpatient, inpatient, NICU, PICU, rehabilitation unit and home health. Missy’s passion is working in the Early Intervention Setting with babies from birth to 3 years old. She has been with Select Kids since 2005 and a National Pediatric Faculty member for Select Medical since 2018. Missy is also an adjunct professor for Old Dominion University and teaches a pediatric physical therapy elective class. Most recently, Missy became a member of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Assistive Technology Services (C.A.T.S.).