Reflections of Early Intervention Certificate Program (EICP)

  • Beth Elenko SUNY Downstate, OT Program
Keywords: early intervention, occupational therapists, continuing education, family-centered best practices


This paper shows the development of an Early Intervention Certificate Program (EICP) for licensed occupational therapists (OTs). This is a reflection on my transition from practicing OT to doctoral student to academic professor providing continuing education to other providers about early intervention (EI) services for infants and young children under the age of three and their families. This specialized area of practice uses family-centered best practice strategies, which many providers are not prepared for, while simultaneously, there is a shortage of providers to work in this area, especially in New York. EI in the state and program overviews, including strengths and successes as well as challenges of the continuing education program, are discussed.