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Developmental Disabilites Early Intervention Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R42HD046321-02
Agency Tracking Number: HD046321
Amount: $757,465.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2007-2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 137091000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (781) 893-9436
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Federal and state laws require that young children with disabilities or who are at risk for developing disabilities be provided with Early Intervention services according to their developmental needs. But currently ther
e is a critical shortage of skilled EI providers. The primary reason for this shortage is a lack of educational and training programs. Except for some university-based programs that are often inaccessible to non-local students, most health care professiona
ls, or those wishing to enter the field, do not have access to high-quality Early Intervention training programs. Moreover, today's professional early intervention workforce rarely has the time or flexibility to attend a fixed schedule of day or evening cl
asses. One solution to these problems is Internet-based distance learning. The proposed Early Intervention training project, Early Intervention Online (EI Online) will develop, implement, and evaluate five web-based distance learning courses designed to tr
ain health care professionals to provide Early Intervention services to children with developmental disabilities. EI Online will be developed by Praxis, Inc., a small health care software development company that specializes in programs for children with d
evelopmental disabilities, in partnership with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The project has three major objectives: (1) Design, develop, implement and evaluate five new EI-Online modules, building on
the results of our Phase I project, (2) Conduct a summative evaluation of the EI-Online to include a comparison of the course with a no-treatment control group and (3) Revise all modules based on field evaluation results and produce the final product in an
ticipation of Phase III commercialization. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE The proposed project and the resulting product will directly benefit individuals who provide early intervention services to children with developmental disabilities. By teaching a set of co
re early competencies, providers will be better informed about selecting evidence-based early intervention methods and procedures, and better able to aid in such intervention directly. Appropriate early intervention enhances learning and behavior change, a
nd ultimately can lead to greater the opportunities for independent living for individuals with developmental disabilties.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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