May Institute Bilingual Development Specialist in West Springfield, Massachusetts
Bilingual Developmental Specialist West Springfield, MA, USA Req #5222 The Developmental Specialist works as part of a team to serve children birth to three years of age in a community-based, family-centered program. The position works directly with the children and their families in the child?s natural environment; this might include, but is not limited to, the child?s home, day care, etc. A bulk of the position is conducted via Telehealth due to the current public health environment. This is a Full-time position. The person who fills this position must be bilingual (Spanish/English)! Responsibilities: 1. Direct Services: Provides home visits to address needs and issues related to the family. Participates in assessment appointments. Supports assigned child in fully participating in activities with typical peers in a community group setting Conduct Telehealth sessions as needed. 2. Service Coordination: Coordinates supports identified by family in child?s IFSP. Services as a liaison between family and ancillary providers. Ensures that all paperwork is completed by required timelines. Assists family in the development of their child?s IFSP. Monitors status of all functional outcomes and services that are provided. Reviews and modifies the IFSP as needed and completes necessary paperwork. Reviews six month evaluations in timely fashion and completes necessary paperwork. Documents each interaction with children and/or family on session notes. Maintains records of each assigned child. Assists in transition planning at least six months prior to discharge. Where applicable, sends referral letter to local school system. Monitors child?s transition from early intervention to school system. Completes discharge summaries and required paperwork per required timelines. Attends child?s IEP meeting, where applicable. 3. Curriculum: Provides developmentally appropriate activities for toddlers that encourage inclusionary interaction with typical peers. Coordinates curriculum with other team members for services within the child?s natural environment. Designs curriculum to provide education and guidance to families regarding growth and development. 4. Professionalism: Prepares all services and documents in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate and sensitive to family concerns. Maintains confidentiality of all children and their families. 5. Program Services: Participates in staff meetings. Complete cleaning duties for bleaching toys and equipment after each use. Participates in workshops that are required by DPH and the May Institute. Qualifications: A bachelor's degree with a major in child development, special education, or early childhood education is required. At least 4 approved 3-credit courses that focus on infants and toddlers is required. At least 300 hours of practicum or work experience with children under the age of 3 is required. Ability to speak fluent or least conversational Spanish is required!