(1055) Early Intervention Specialist

Job Description

The early intervention specialist provides intervention services to infants, toddlers and families so that the child will progress in the acquisition and mastery of functional skills in order to reduce or overcome limitations resulting from disabilities or developmental delays. Requirements of early intervention service provision come under the authority of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and are regulated by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

Primary Role of Service Coordinator includes overseeing and coordinating the family’s access to resources and needs as well as supporting the family’s understanding of rights and advocacy.
Acting in the role of an Early Intervention Specialist delivering specialized skills training, the essential tasks include participation as a member of an interdisciplinary team to evaluate, assess, determine eligibility, develop and carry out treatment plans, document progress and required processes, educate families and community partners, collaborate with physicians and other care providers, maintain required records, and meet requirement of the profession of Early Intervention Specialist. All interactions with families and children use Trauma Informed Care principles and use the Coaching Model in the provision of services. The Coaching Model provides strategies and interventions, educational information, material, and emotional support to families while allowing families to have a voice and choice in the services.

The philosophy of the program and this position is to provide educational, material, and emotional support to families so the child can learn throughout the day in a variety of typical activities, and to support the attachment between the parent or primary caregiver and child. Services are provided in the setting where the child lives, learns, and plays.

CityBastrop, LaGrange, Lockhart, Giddings
CountyBastrop County, Caldwell County, Fayette County, Lee County
CredentialsMinimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Family Studies, Child Development or other related major which includes a minimum of 18 hours semester course credit relevant to child development and/or early childhood intervention including three hours of semester course credit in early childhood development or early childhood special education. Must have a valid Texas Driver's License.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred AND required education, experience, job knowledge, skills and abilities helpful in the performance of this position, as indicated below:
Comprehensive knowledge of typical and atypical development in children birth to three years old
Comprehensive knowledge of childhood conditions that relate to the provision of early intervention services
Comprehensive knowledge of and understanding of team and family dynamics.
Ability to contribute as a leader and facilitator on teams which include parents, caregivers, and other professional staff.
Ability to perform under minimal supervision with considerable requirements for initiative, discretion, independent thought, judgment and self-motivation in matters of significance to families as well as the agency.
Well-developed interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, time management/organization skills, and basic computer skills.
Ability to comprehend and adhere to family-centered, activity-based early intervention practices.
Ability to work sensitively with families from a variety of cultural orientations.
Preferred: Ability to speak, read, and write fluently in Spanish
Salary Amount$17.57 (stipend for Spanish Speaking or fully qualified EIS)/hr
Closing DateOpen until filled
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