• Pay close attention to the title of the course when registering, as it contains the day/time for the mandatory, live culmination meeting. In this case, it will take place on Monday, February 7th at 6:00pm.

  • Registration will close for your learning group 2 weeks before the live meeting. On that date (1/24/22), you will receive an email that grants you access to the self-paced content of the course. You must complete these 9 hours of webinars & observations prior to the live, 1-hour meeting.

  • The V.I.P. Program is primarily self-paced and completely virtual.

  • After completing the course, students will receive 10 hours of continuing education credit through Illinois's Early Intervention program (5 hours in the areas of both "Intervention" and "Working with Families"). Their names will also be listed on C.I.T.Y. of Support's website as graduates of the V.I.P. program.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Valuing the Insight of Parents: Becoming a V.I.P.

    • Course Introduction

    • Tips for Success

  • 2

    1st Webinar: Parents Discuss Context

    • 1st Webinar Introduction and Outcomes

    • Building Capacities Within Families

    • Principles of Family-Centered Care

    • Parent Introductions

    • Let's Meet Some Parents: EI Referrals at Birth

    • Self-Reflection #1-1

    • Let's Meet Some Parents: EI Referrals due to Delayed Milestones

    • Self-Reflection #1-2

    • Meet Dr. Therese Wehman, Director of Graduate Studies in Early Childhood Education at Elmhurst University

    • PDF Access

    • Principles and Strategies for Family-Centered Home-Based Services

    • A Relationship-Based Approach to Early Intervention

    • Consideration of Cultural Differences

    • Self-Reflection #1-3

    • Thoughts & Reflections

    • Consideration of Work, Home, & Life Balance

    • Self-Reflection #1-4

    • Thoughts & Reflections

    • Consideration of Family Goals and Priorities

    • Self-Reflection #1-5

    • Thoughts and Reflections

    • Provider Routines

    • Self-Reflection #1-6

    • V.I.P. Routine

    • Self-Reflection #1-7

  • 3

    2nd Webinar: Parents Discuss Experiences

    • 2nd Webinar Introduction

    • 2nd Webinar Outcomes

    • Some Thoughts About Self-Reflection

    • Self-Reflection #2-1

    • Collecting Parent Feedback

    • Parents Reflect on their Early Intervention Experiences

    • Self-Reflection #2-2

    • Parent Experiences Specific to Early Intervention

    • Prior Knowledge About EI-Specific Experiences

    • Prior Knowledge About EI-Specific Experiences

    • Medical Diagnostic Clinic Experiences

    • Medical Diagnostic Clinic-Professional & Parent Perspectives

    • Self-Reflection #2-3

    • School Transition Experiences

    • School Transition-Professional & Parent Perspectives

    • Self-Reflection #2-4

    • Final Thoughts

    • Self-Reflection #2-5

  • 4

    3rd Webinar: Parents Discuss Support

    • 3rd Webinar Introduction

    • 3rd Webinar Outcomes

    • Self-Reflection #3-1

    • Parents Discuss Support

    • Self-Reflection #3-2

    • Available Supports in the Early Intervention Program

    • Prior Knowledge About Available Supports in the EI Program

    • Prior Knowledge About Available Supports in the EI Program

    • Parents and EI Support

    • Exploring Supports in Early Intervention

    • More Supports in Early Intervention

    • Self-Reflection #3-3

    • Community Support Groups

    • Self-Reflection #3-4

    • In-Person and Online Support Groups

    • Parents Discuss C.I.T.Y. of Support

    • Introduction to C.I.T.Y. of Support

    • Self-Reflection #3-5

    • Getting Involved in C.I.T.Y. of Support

  • 5

    Observation #1: Nate

    • Observation Introduction

    • Observation Questions

    • Nate

  • 6

    Observation #1: Notes

    • Observation #1: Notes

  • 7

    Observation #2: Santiago

    • Observation Questions

    • Santiago

  • 8

    Observation #2: Notes

    • Observation #2: Notes

  • 9

    V.I.P. Culmination Meeting

    • V.I.P. Culmination Zoom Meeting

  • 10

    Course Evaluation

    • Course Evaluation

  • 11

    References and Acknowledgments

    • Acknowledgements

    • References