Learn the Early Intervention system and become an informed, active part of your child's team.

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About Families First

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

 

Fall 2022 Families First Sessions

Our fall sessions have been recorded and are available below.

 

Recorded Families First Sessions

For information you need, watch our in-depth, recorded Families First webinars. Registration is required to access the free sessions.

Overview of the IFSP and IEP

Presented by Stacy Phillips, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University; and Malinda Knipfer, Special Education Consultant.
Recorded October 2022.
Request access to Overview of the ISFP and IEP

Transition from an IFSP to an IEP, the Nuts and Bolts

Presented by Stacy Phillips, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University; and Malinda Knipfer, Special Education Consultant.
Recorded November 2022.
Request access to Transition from an IFSP to an IEP, the Nuts and Bolts

Potty Training

Presented by Icylee Basketbill, Families First Trainer
Recorded September 2022.
Request access to Potty Training

Therapeutic Play with My Child

Presented by Kathryn Snyder, Parent to Child and Therapy Associates.
Recorded May 25, 2022.
Request access to Therapeutic Play with My Child

Advocacy Tips for Families

Presented by Jamie Ray-Leonetti, Associate Director of Policy, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.
Recorded April 11, 2022.
Request access to Advocacy Tips for Families

Assistive Technology for Families

Presented by Stacy Phillips, Project Coordinator for Leadership Development, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.
Recorded April 20, 2022.
Request access to Assistive Technology for Families

 

Parents who attended Families First told us

"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 offers you

  • 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).

For more information, please contact

iod@temple.edu
215-204-1356

Families First is sponsored by:

Families First is conducted by: The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education.

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