Hopkins Hour - Translating Developmental Research into Practice: The Inklings Program
In this Hopkins Hour, Dr Kandice Varcin shared an overview of a strengths- and evidence-based & pre-emptive program which is shifting the paradigm of child development from a “wait and watch” to an “identify and act” approach. The Inklings Program is a very early, pre-emptive therapy for infants aged 6-18 months who are showing early differences in their social and communication development.
Dr Varcin presented the approach, evidence, and pathway supporting the translation of this work from clinical research to implementation in community settings. She also discussed how the program is likely a good economic fit for a new approach to developmental vulnerability and support for children with autism diagnosis and their families.
Finally, Dr Varcin shared some exciting news about a new partnership with Australia's National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), explaining that the NDIA will be supporting the trial implementation of Inklings program. This partnership will mean that Inklings will be made available for up to 700 families over the next 3 years.
Watch a recording of this Hopkins Hour below.
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