Project TI3: Awarded 5-Year Training Grant

Project TI3 (EI-ECSE-SSW): Trauma-Informed Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, and Social Work have been awarded a 5-year training grant from the US Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the Department of Education.

Project TI3 will prepare interdisciplinary professionals to serve infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities who have high-intensity needs. The term “high-intensity needs” to refer to the needs of children with disabilities who have experienced trauma and require intensive, individualized interventions. High-intensity needs can also include a child identified as exhibiting challenging behaviors, experiencing social emotional issues, and/or bearing the impact of being exposed to poverty, trauma, toxic stress, and maltreatment. Specifically, Project TI3 scholars will understand the importance of adult-child and peer-peer relationships, be responsive to the individualized developmental needs of young children within the context of their families’ priorities and concerns, and will be knowledgeable of how trauma-informed services can support healthy development.

The focus of this 5-year interdisciplinary project is to prepare 24 full-time scholars in early intervention (EI), early childhood special education (ECSE), and/or school social work (SSW) who have expertise in supporting the social emotional development of young children and using trauma-informed supports as the foundation for providing responsive, evidence-based services to young children (birth through five) with delays or disabilities and their families.

Principal Investigator (PI) – Dr. Michaelene Ostrosky (SPED); Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) – Dr. Catherine Corr (SPED); Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) – Dr. Brenda Lindsey (SOCW)