Today we are launching our "A Day in the Life of..." series with our first guest post, written by Alleiah Keeley, a Developmental Specialist from Ohio.
Alleiah, take it away!
- Developmental Specialist; I provide special instruction to children and their families receiving IDEA Part C early intervention services.
- Ohio Division for Early Childhood President-Elect
I’ve been at Nisonger Center since August 2014, immediately upon completing the Early Intervention Certificate program at Kent State University. Literally the day after!
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center Early Childhood Education Program in Columbus, Ohio.
I received my bachelor’s degree in special education at Kent State University and obtained my K-12 intervention specialist teaching license in 2012. Upon entering the field of special education, the value of early intervention was truly apparent. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities and their families as early as possible.
Soon after discovering my desire to intervene early, I was connected to Kent State University’s Early Intervention Certificate program and was funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). I was thrilled to be chosen as one of the members of their first cohort of OSEP scholars to study at the graduate level to serve children birth-3 and their families in the natural environment.
A typical work day? This question makes me laugh a bit because I believe there is no such thing! This is one of the many reasons why I love my job!! No day is the same. I typically visit about 4 to 5 children on my caseload a day. Most of my visits occur in the home context, but I have several children that I see in their child care centers as well. Now that it is summer, many of my families have been wanting to go outside and play- another reason why I have such an awesome job! Each visit includes a discussion reflecting on the previous joint plan established at the last visit and setting priorities for the current visit. My visits are very individualized, but always focus on building the adult’s capacity to support their child’s development within everyday routines and activities through a coaching style of interaction.
My favorite DEC resource and journal is Young Exceptional Children! Does it make me a nerd if I get excited when it comes in the mail? There’s always a relevant article in there for me and I love how they are written for the busy practitioner. I especially like passing the articles around the office!
I’ve mentioned a few things above that I love most! What do you love most about your role in early intervention?