Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does DMM teach early interventionists how to use technology?

DMM uses technology to support service providers and administrators in professional development activities. Participants gain knowledge and skills in technology use for EI through participation but the major purpose of DMM is to support individual and program goals related to family centered services in the natural environment.

Q: Does DMM teach early intervention programs "how to" change their system/practice?

A: DMM supports programs' efforts to develop a family-centered approach in natural environments that matches their program guidelines and philosophy through professional development activities. Emphasis is placed on practical, how-to strategies that are adapted to the site and specific outcomes identified by the site stakeholders. A unique feature is that the stakeholders participate in the development of the specific PD goals and outcomes to be achieved.

Q: How many workshops are included?

A: That depends on the PD plan developed. There may be none or some depending upon the goals and the outcomes to be achieved in the PD plan. Workshops do serve a purpose but have not been successful as a stand-alone change agent for systems. we recommend a series of 1-2 day face-to-face trainings to establish knowledge followed by peer mentoring and individual coaching. Coaching and mentoring offer additional supports for ongoing change and are an integral component of DMM.

Q: Who can participate in DMM?

A: Right now, programs or state lead agencies have contracted for participation. Please contact Emily Lakey or Juliann Woods for more information.

Q: Does DMM only teach FGRBI?

A: No. The content included in the professional development includes broad based family centered, interaction instruction and teaming practices. FGRBI is offered as an illustration. Site can incorporate a variety of approaches within the FC-NE framework.