Institute Events and Trainings
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


Families First

Upcoming Events

Children playing outdoors together

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Topic: This is a regular Families First session
10 AM - 2 PM
St Christopher's Hospital for Children
3601 A Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Education Conference Room (Main hospital building, lower level)

Learn how to access services to enhance your child's development and understand and participate in your child's Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individual Education Plans (IEP).

Session conducted in English and Spanish simultaneously; register in advance for Spanish. (Please indicate your chosen language when registering.)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Topic: Is it SENSORY or is it BEHAVIOR?
6 PM - 8 PM
Northeast Regional Library
Meeting Room
2228 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149

Learn the differences—because if you aren't looking at the right cause, the intervention may not work. Develop techniques to help your child control their body better and increase their attention span.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Topic: Creating a Vision for Your Child—Teamwork for Success!
6 PM - 8 PM
3300 Henry Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19129
On-site childcare provided; please RSVP for childcare by November 9.

Learn how to build on your child's strengths so their full potential is reached.

About Families First

Listen to parents who attended Families First:

"I discovered the importance of developing a vision and goals for my child."

"The whole class was enlightening and motivated me tremendously."

"Families First is a group of parents that talk to you like they are in your family."

Families First is a free empowerment training on the basics of early intervention in the Philadelphia school system.

All families receiving early intervention services in Philadelphia are welcome.

Families First Offers You:

PHOTO: Bright-eyed older baby girl
  • Direction on how to be an effective member of the Early Intervention Team.
  • A chance to meet other families with children who receive services.
  • Information to help you be confident as an equal member in your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Family Services Plan (IFSP).

Reimbursement of child care costs (to qualified participants only).

Refreshments and PRIZES!

It's Free - but please RSVP!
(Advance registration is required for Spanish sessions and child care needs.)

To register or for more information, contact:

Cathy Roccia-Meier, Training Coordinator
Institute on Disabilities
Voice: 215-204-1772
TTY: 215-204-1805

Families First was developed and is taught by parents of children in Early Intervention, in partnership with nationally recognized professionals.

Sponsored by:
Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), Elwyn SEEDS (Special Educaiton for Early Developmental Success), and The Philadelphia Interagency Coordinating Council (PICC).

Conducted by:
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education