First Bite #139 – March 09, 2021

Cari Ebert, MS CCC-SLP and Early Intervention Take II

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined once again by Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP for a “Take II” on Early Intervention!  If you missed it, then go back and check out First Bite Episode #95, “Cari Ebert on Delivering Extraordinary Early Intervention!” our #1 Episode for all of 2020.  Today, Cari inspires colleagues with her P.I.E. analogy and offers functional strategies on what an appropriate parent-driven outcome really looks like with respect to goal writing.  If you’ve ever worried about best practices for the dreaded data collection, breathe a sigh of relief, and brace yourself for side-splitting laughter, while Cari and Michelle speak the truth on data for Early Intervention.  With these two together, it’s guaranteed to be a truly fast-paced hour…Enjoy!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • What P.I.E. stands for and how it relates to early intervention.
  • What “parent-driven outcomes” are and how they relate to goal writing for early intervention.
  • Strategies for data collection within the framework of routines-based early intervention.


Cari Ebert, MS CCC-SLP

Cari Ebert is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1993 and her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. Cari is a therapist, consultant, author, and nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most… TALK! She works exclusively with young children, birth to age five, and their families and believes that early intervention is the key to future success. She has dedicated her career to helping young children achieve their maximum potential with speech, language, and social-emotional development. Cari’s son has autism spectrum disorder and apraxia, allowing her to engage audiences both as a professional and as a parent of a child with special needs. She has an animated personality, and this translates to a high-energy speaking style. Join Cari as she explores important issues for enhancing the development of young children… you’ll be glad you took the time!