Total Force Fitness and Military Families Learning Network: Family Development Early Intervention

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In this week’s Friday Field Notes, we will continue our exploration of the resources and programming that Military Families Learning Network provides to support Total Force Fitness with our Family Development Early Intervention (FDEI) team.

FDEI and Total Force Fitness

Supporting military families who have children ages birth to five years old or who may be at risk of developmental delays or disabilities requires a holistic approach, like that of Total Force Fitness. Therefore, you will find that the programming provided by FDEI incorporates multiple Total Force Fitness domains in order to assist service providers in supporting these families.

FDEI’s current series, Sunrise Through Sunset: Supporting Children with Autism Through Their Day, is a four-part webinar series that addresses concerns for families with children who have autism or related disorders. Information in these four webinars will assist service providers supporting young children with autism and their families. The series focuses on common concerns and issues faced by families with a young child with autism such as limited diet, outings, and being included in childcare, school, and other group settings. Webinar participants can expect to learn useful strategies to strengthen and support a family’s behavioral, social, environmental, and nutritional fitness.

Check out FDEI’s previous series on early communication and the importance of play, both of which also address multiple domains of Total Force Fitness. Overall, FDEI’s programming is a great example of how addressing multiple domains of Total Force Fitness provides the best support for military families.

Additionally, keep an eye out for next week’s blog post about MFLN Nutrition and Wellness as a part of Total Force Fitness. MFLN Nutrition and Wellness provides high-quality continuing education for military providers, VA, and extension dietitians. As a preview, you can view previous blog posts from Nutrition and Wellness that cover topics from how to avoid burnout to planning a safe picnic.

Additional Resources from FDEI

FDEI’s programming aims to improve the professional capacity of service providers who work with military families who have children ages birth to five years old or who may be at risk for disabilities and developmental delays. FDEI provides webinars and timely blog posts as a part of their programming.

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