Best Practice Methods in Early Intervention Documentation
Best Practice Methods in Early Intervention Documentation
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SKU: OL5121

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2018

Member Price
Non-Member Price: $34.95

Product Overview


Ashley Stoffel, OTD, OTR/L

University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Occupational Therapy, Chicago, IL


Kris Pizur-Barnekow, Ph.D., OTR/L, IMH-E®

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Occupational Science and Technology, Milwaukee, WI


Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, learner will be able to:


1)  Identify tips and strategies for writing functional Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) outcomes and collecting data to measure progress.


2) Identify strategies and resources that can be utilized to document skilled occupational therapy across different types of documentation.


3) Describe health literacy concepts that impact various EI documentation including daily notes, evaluations, and the IFSP document.




Early Intervention (EI) occupational therapy practitioners provide family-centered and routines-based services for infants and toddlers. EI occupational therapy practitioners play in an important role on the EI team. OT practitioners need to document our skilled, distinct services and participate in outcome measurement.


Occupational therapy practitioners are well positioned to take the lead in establishing and implementing best practices that embrace the family’s priorities and support a child’s development and participation in early intervention and early childhood programs. Writing functional, participation-based and measurable IFSP outcomes is important for showing the progress a child has made, documenting a child’s strengths and interests and demonstrating skilled OT services. Documentation in EI practice needs to be understood by families so they feel empowered. Families may feel less empowered and overwhelmed by difficulty reading, interpreting, and using unfamiliar EI documents and therefore participate less in the process. Resources, tips and strategies will be shared in this webcast in order to advance evidence-based practice for OT practitioners in EI including: participating in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) team process; writing functional IFSP outcomes and collecting data to measure progress; and considering health literacy in EI documentation.



Learning Level: Introductory


Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants


Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: Professional Issues: Documentation and Health Literacy


CE Find Key Words:  Early Intervention, Health Literacy, Documentation, Family-Centered, IFSP, IDEA