Training & Professional Development
Thom Child and Family Services is committed to providing high quality early intervention services to infants, toddlers, and families across the state. We also work closely with child care professionals and provide training and consultation services to others in the early childhood community.
We feel passionately about the importance of supporting the professional development of our staff. Early Intervention is an intricate blend of disciplines and fields – early childhood development, allied health and nursing, social work, education, home visiting, service coordination, and community-based programming all come together in this family-centered system. To encourage advanced training for experienced employees, Thom Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors created the Phyllis A. Fazzio Scholarship program.
Thom Child and Family Services takes great pride in being able to offer high quality professional development opportunities covering a wide range of topics. Training topics vary annually and are grounded in current research, supporting evidence-based practice.
For more information about professional development opportunities through Thom Child and Family Services please contact James Young, Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development (508-655-5222 x139).
Battelle Developmental Inventory Basics
June 5 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thom Child and Family Services employees only with a maximum of 18 participants. Thom programs will be charged $10 per employee sent. Please contact James Young (508-655-5222 x139) to register or for more training information.
CEIS 2012 Competencies: 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6
The Battelle Developmental Inventory™, Second Edition (BDI-2™) is an early childhood instrument which helps measure a child’s progress along the developmental continuum by both global domains and discrete skill sets. This workshop will provide Early Intervention clinicians with basic knowledge on how to use the BDI-2™ to determine eligibility in Massachusetts Early Intervention. Topics to be discussed will include an overview of the tool, a review of administration, scoring instruction, how to interpret the results, and how to share results with families.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Utilize the BDI-2™ testing manuals and materials.
- Demonstrate an understanding of eligibility determination for EI services in MA.
- Use the BDI-2™ in the EI setting.
- Demonstrate the ability to accurately score the BDI-2™.
Katrina Veidins, MPH, CEIS, is a Developmental Specialist (DS) and a Certified Early Intervention Specialist, with a Masters Degree in Public Health. She has been involved in early intervention for over 5 years; first as a Northeastern Co-op Student, then as an intern completing the Early Intervention Certification program, and finally moving into a career as a Developmental Specialist in 2008. Katrina has a great interest in both the clinical aspects of one-on-one Early Intervention care as well as Programming Planning and Development. She has been using the Battelle Developmental Inventory™, 2nd Edition for the past 3 years, and looks forward to helping her fellow clinicians master the tool.
Danielle Johnson, MSEd, has worked at Thom Neponset Valley Early Intervention since 2014. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Early Childhood Education and Psychology then received her Masters degree from Wheelock College in Child Development (focusing in Birth to Three, Early Intervention). Danielle particularly enjoys working with children who may be on the autism spectrum or already have an ASD diagnosis. She likes being a support to families as they go through the process of getting a diagnosis, acquiring additional services, and then continuing to work with the family. Danielle has been using the Battelle Developmental Inventory – 2nd Edition for more than four years and is excited to support colleagues as they learn how to administer the tool.