Early intervention 1.23.2012Presentation Transcript
Information + action for social changeThe Early Identification and InterventionCollaborative for Los Angeles CountyJanuary 23rd, 2012Chris Ringewald, Varouj Symonette & Mine Metitiri
…is an information + action resource that unites rigorous research, community voices and innovative technologies to solve the root causes of social inequityONLINE MAPPING TECHNOLOGY DIRECT TECHNICAL SUPPORT : www.HealthyCity.org Work ON-THE-GROUND to develop targeted research/policy strategies and web tools COMMUNITY RESEARCH LAB Training community groups to lead and sustain action-oriented research & technology projects
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Developmental delays, disabilities, and learning,behavioral and social-emotional problems…[affect] one in every six children across alleconomic levels, and all racial and ethnic groups.Margaret Dunkle“Improving Developmental Screening Through Public Policy”
This is my wife, Karen. She’s a This is her school. It located inmiddle school teacher whose first job ZIP Code 90003, and Loswas at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle Angeles City Council District 9. (home of the Mustangs).
Bethune is a low performing school as Nearly all students hail from low-measured by academic performance. income households eligible for free orMustangs are predominantly Latino, reduced price meals; the educationalwith a number of African Americans. attainment of parents is low.
Behavioral and learning problems caused by brain damage from prenatal alcohol exposure are mistakenly thought to be due to stresses in the home environment. Because Johnny is a boy he is 4 times more likely to be at risk for ASD.This is her fake student Johnny. Because Johnny is a minority, he is 2 timesHe’s a trouble maker and often less likely to have received an earlygoes to detention where teachers intervention screenings or servicesmake fun of his hair. He distracts associated with ASD or FASD.others, preventing learning. She also knows:Karen doesn’t know whetherJohnny’s very-low reading levelis due to developmentaldelays, or stresses at home.Johnny has no IEP, but she doesknow:
Johnny is in Foster CareChildren in Foster care are atrisk for having fetal alcoholspectrum disorder (FASD) dueto a 70% incidence rate ofprenatal alcohol exposureamong foster care children.
Johnny is at-RiskKaren knows that withoutintervention Johnny will be atrisk to drop out ofschool, struggle to maintain ajob, or enter the criminal justicesystem.
Johnny (a 6th grader) barely reads at a 4th grade levelKaren knows that Johnny is notprepared to read at the samelevel as his classmates. Hisparents can only help him somuch, since their primarylanguage is not English, andneither have a H.S. diploma.
Karen talks with the school counselor,Mr. Marquez (not a real person). He isway too busy to think about Johnny,but searches HealthyCity.org for anorganization to screen him.Mr. Marquez believes that a number He knows there are a large number ofof kids may be in Johnny’s position – deficits, like liquor stores in theundiagnosed and falling behind – community. He found 39 within theand wonders about resources in the middle school attendance boundary.community they live in.
He knows that many mothers receivelate or no prenatal care in Johnny’s ZIPCode, and the teen birth rate is high.In fact it is the 2nd highest out of stateAssembly Districts.
But Mr. Marquez also knows thereare community resources available.TCE has aplace-basedinitiative serving There are a number of healthJohnny’s screening/ diagnostic services in thecommunity. neighborhood. He will talk to Johnny to(So does F5LA) learn which to recommend.
So as you can see an undiagnoseddisability is not the same in everycommunity. Socioeconomiccharacteristics, and the availability ofservices are different in Johnny’scommunity.An Johnny is not the only one in hiscommunity who may not have beenscreened.
SummaryYou can weave data into a story to make it more interesting!You can use detailed information about schools, including test scores.You can look up neighborhood demographics, and compare them tolegislative district or statewide statistics.You can look up screening services, and coordinate screening trainingand programs with them.You can look up place-based initiatives to partner with.And so much more…Thank you! Chris Ringewald email@example.com