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Early intervention (EI) services are implemented to support families of eligible infants and toddlers, ages birth to 36 months, who have developmental differences including delays, disabilities, or atypical development. Services are individualized to each child’s and family’s unique routines, activities, and interests and are provided in natural settings such as the family’s home or other community locations (e.g., childcare, playgroup, local park). Which service a child and family receive is determined by the team who partners with the family to develop the child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). EI services are based on the family’s priorities and desired outcomes related to the child’s development. For more information about eligibility, assessment, the IFSP, and supports and services in Virginia’s early intervention system, visit the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia. For practitioners, information about procedures and practices can be found in the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia Practice Manual.

 

On this page, you will find a variety of resources related to the implementation of EI supports and services, including core competencies and other Virginia-specific information, free articles, handouts and other documents, presentations, discipline-specific position statements, videos, online learning, websites and other programs.

 


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Core Competencies | VA-Specific Information | Archived Webinars | Articles | Handouts & Documents | Presentations | Audio/Video | Online Learning | Tools | Websites & Programs

 


Core Competencies

Infant & Toddler Connection of VA – Core Competencies   PDF

Virginia's comprehensive system of personnel development includes mechanisms to assure a basic level of competency for initial early intervention certification as well as continued development of expertise through the certification requirements and trainings offered under the auspices or approved by of the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia.

 

All early intervention practitioners are required to meet Core Competencies 1.0 through 9.4 in order to provide supports and services to children and families.

 

In addition to meeting Competencies 1.0-9.4, Service Coordinators are required to meet competencies 10.0-10.7.

 

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Virginia-Specific Information

Relationship of Quality Practices in Virginia to Child and Family Outcome Measurement Results PDF

This table lists key quality practices that, when implemented, will have direct impact on child and family outcomes. 


A Mother’s Story on How Early Intervention Services Helped Her Son (external website)

ED.gov Blog

Posted October 7, 2011

Read about how one mother describes the impact of VA’s early intervention supports and services on her family.


What TIDEWATER Learned about Describing EI Supports & Services to Families. PDF | HTML

What VALLEY Learned about Describing EI Supports & Services to Families. PDF

What ABINGDON Regions Learned about Describing EI Supports & Services to Families PDF

What RICHMOND Learned about Describing EI Supports & Services to Families PDF

What ROANOKE Learned about Describing EI Supports & Services to Families PDF

Based on what they learned during training, early intervention (EI) practitioners in the Tidewater region of Virginia shared these statements as examples of how they will use what they learned when explaining EI Supports and Services to families.

 

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Archived Webinars

Talks on Tuesdays

Delivering EI Services in Child Care Settings
VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative
Partnership for People with Disabilities
Presented by Cynthia Core, Ph.D. and Dana Childress, M.Ed.
This archived web discussion focused on providing EI services in child care settings. With
input from the audience, the presenters explored some of the challenges of providing services in child care settings and solutions to the challenges. They answered questions throughout the web discussion to help EI practitioners consider how their program could provide services in child care settings. Click the link above to visit the 2017 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


Engaging Families During Visits: How to Engage Families During Visits so that They Know What to Do Between Visits

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Presented by Kimberly Travers

This archived webinar focuses on important elements of engaging families during intervention visits, from a family’s perspective. The presenter shares her experiences as both a mother of children who were enrolled in EI and an EI service provider. Content includes consideration of the relationship between early intervention services and families' everyday lives and how service providers can more effectively provide services and supports to families. Click the link above to visit the 2015 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


Frequency & Length of Early Intervention Services

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Facilitated by Dana Childress and Cori Hill

This archived web discussion explores patterns of frequency and intensity across programs and how we make these decisions about service delivery. Click the link above to visit the 2015 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


I Know It but Can’t Explain It: What the Evidence Based Practices Are in EI

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Presented by Kyla Patterson

This webinar provides information about the concepts that form the foundation of early intervention practices, including a discussion of the Mission and Key Principles of Early Intervention developed by the OSEP Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments. This information is then linked with VA’s initiatives to implement coaching practices and integrate the OSEP child outcomes into the IFSP process. Click the link above to visit the 2013 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


Let Go of the Toy Bag & Get Up Off the Floor! – Tips for Best Practices in Early Intervention
VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative
Partnership for People with Disabilities
Presented by Dana Childress
This archived webinar focuses on how to move early intervention off the floor, out of the toy bag, and into the routines that naturally occur in children and families' everyday lives. Content includes considering the differences between collaborative and traditional intervention and the relevance of still bringing a toy bag when intervention is routines-based and family-centered. The webinar also includes tips for making these practices successful. Click the link above to visit the 2015 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


Tying the Knot: Engaging Families Beyond Early Intervention Visits

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Presented by Jen Newton

This webinar provides strategies for moving families from involvement in early intervention sessions to full engagement in embedding early intervention objectives into their daily lives. Click the link above to visit the 2013 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


Web Discussions: Using a Primary Provider Approach to EI Service Delivery
Parts 1 and 2
VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative
Partnership for People with Disabilities
Presented by Dana Childress, Susan Sigler, and Tracy Shiplett
This 2-part archived web discussion explores the use of the primary service provider approach and provides information about how the Infant & Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church has integrated the approach into their service delivery. Click the link above to visit the 2016 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find both web discussions.


Where is “Near Somewhat?”: Integrating Indicators into the IFSP

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Presented by Sandi Harrington, Beth Tolley, and Karen Walker

This webinar provides information for EI providers about how to determine ratings for children in each of the three OSEP child outcome areas during assessment. Click the link above to visit the 2012 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


Other Webinars

Primary Service Provider (PSP) Panel Discussion (external website)
 American Physical Therapy Association – EI Special Interest Group
This video features a physical therapy panel discussion about implementing a primary service provider approach in early intervention.

 

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Articles

Adams, R. C., Tapia, C., and The Council on Children with Disabilities. (2013). Early intervention, IDEA Part C services, and the medical home: Collaboration for best practice and best outcomes. Pediatrics, 132(4), e1073-e1088. (external website)

This clinical report reviews the common purposes that the medical home and early intervention share, such as using a family-centered focus. Information about best practices in both types of care is provided, including how both systems can collaborate for best outcomes. This report is a great resource to share with physicians and other medical referral sources.


Bruder, M. B. (2000). Family-centered early intervention: Clarifying our values for the new millennium. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 20(2), 105-115.

This article reviews family-centered practices in the context of early intervention and discusses reasons why adoption has been problematic. Recommendations for improving practices through research, personnel preparation, program administration, and in service delivery are included.


Colyvas, J. L., Sawyer, L. B., & Campbell, P. H. (2010). Identifying strategies early intervention occupational therapists use to teach caregivers. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(5), 776-785.

In this study, videotapes of OT provider intervention visits were examined to determine routines used, the provider’s role, and strategies used to teach caregivers. Findings revealed that “explicit teaching strategies were rarely used” during intervention visits. Implications for practice are discussed.


Dunn, W. (2007). Supporting children to participate successfully in everyday life by using sensory processing knowledge. Infants & Young Children, 20(2), 84-101.

This article reviews Dunn’s model of sensory processing and describes how concepts from this model and knowledge of sensory processing can be applied in the natural contexts of everday life for infants and toddlers and their caregivers.


Dunst, C. J., Bruder, M. B., Trivette, C. M., & Hamby, D. W. (2006). Everyday activity settings, natural learning environments, and early intervention practices. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 3(1), 3-10.

This article summarizes findings from two studies that examined parent and child outcomes associated with different ways of thinking about early intervention practices. Results showed that using everyday activities as sources of learning opportunities were associated with positive benefits.


Espe-Scherwindt, M. (2008). Family-centered practice: Collaboration, competency and evidence. Support for Learning, 23(3), 136-143.

This article provides a historical overview of family-centered practices and research that has demonstrated the links between these practices and a variety of benefits for children and families.


Mahoney, G. (2009). Relationship-focused intervention (RFI): Enhancing the role of parents in children's developmental intervention. International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education, 1(1), 79-94.

This article describes Relationship Focused Intervention (RFI) which attempts to promote the development of young children with developmental delays and disabilities by encouraging parents to engage in highly responsive interactions during daily routines with their children.


Spagnola, M., & Fiese, B. H. (2007). Family routines and rituals: A context for development in the lives of young children. Infants & Young Children, 20(4), 284-299.

This article provides information about the associates between variations in family rituals and routines and their impact on child development.


Swanson, J., Raab, M., & Dunst, C. J. (2011). Strengthening family capacity to provide young children everyday natural learning opportunities. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 9(1), 66-80.



Handouts & Documents

7 Key Principles: Looks Like/Doesn’t Look Like (external website)

Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments OSEP TA Community of Practice – Part C Settings

This document provides examples of what key early intervention principles look like and do not look like in actual practice.


10 Step Program to Decrease Toy Bag Dependence (external website)

FACETS

This handout is a resource for EI practitioners who wish to bring fewer toys to the home and focus on using the materials and activities found in families’ natural environments.


10 Tips for Managing the Frequency & Intensity Discussion

This tip sheet was generated by service providers who participated in a Talks on Tuesdays web discussion on frequency and length of early intervention services. For more information, view the archived web discussion on the Talks on Tuesdays 2015 recordings page.


Agreed Upon Mission and Key Principles for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments (external website)

Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments, OSEP TA Community of Practice: Part C Settings.

The “mission statement” reflects the broad over-arching purpose of family-centered early intervention services provided under Part C of IDEA. Principles are the foundations necessary to support the system of family-centered services and supports. Both the mission and principles were developed by the workgroup and reflect consensus opinion.


Agreed Upon Practices for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments (external website)

Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments OSEP TA Community of Practice – Part C Settings

The document reflects practices validated through several research, model demonstration and outreach projects whose developers were part of the work group. The practices suggest a flow of activities that need to occur during the IFSP process from first contacts through transition.


DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children

April 2014

According to the document, “the purpose of this document is to help bridge the gap between research and practice by highlighting those practices that have been shown to result in better outcomes for young children with disabilities, their families, and the personnel who serve them.” Topics addressed include leadership, assessment, environment, family, instruction, interaction, teaming and collaboration, and transition.


The Decision Tree: Child Indicator Seeds for Success

Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia

These one-page handouts address questions, provide information, and describe strategies to help early intervention team members integrate the child outcome indicators into their practices.

 

Here are the handouts that relate to implementing supports and services:

For the full list of handouts, visit the Tools of the Trade page.


Growing Up Naturally: Early Intervention in Natural Environments (external website)
Together We Grow – North Carolina Early Intervention Services
The purpose of this document is to provide practical information and guidance for early intervention administrators, service providers and others. It was developed by parents and professionals in North Carolina.


Home Visits: Tips and Resource for Making Safe and Effective Home Visits (external website)

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

This handout addresses home visiting best practices, establishing rapport, boundaries, self-care and thinking safe, safety during visits, recognizing health and home safety issues, and what to do if there are safety concerns.


Key Principles of Early Intervention and Effective Practices: A Crosswalk with Statements from Discipline-Specific Literature (external website) PDF

Regional Resource Center Program
This document was designed to assist state Part C programs, providers in professional organizations, and TA providers in understanding the alignment between the 7 key principles for providing early intervention services in natural environments and statements from various professional organizations (i.e., ASHA, AOTA, APTA, AAP, AAID, DEC, NAEYC, and NASP) that support the provision of Part C early intervention services. The document includes a matrix of the 7 key principles with corresponding statement from all of the professional organizations as well as individual matrices for each professional organization's statements aligned with the key principles.


Making the Most of Your Visits – Handouts for Families and Early Interventionists

This series of handouts provides guidance to parents, caregivers, and early interventionists about what to do before, during, and after visits to get the most out of intervention. Handouts are also available in Spanish.

 

Making the Most of Your Visits – for Families  DOC
Making the Most of Your visits – for Families (Spanish)  DOC

Making the Most of Your Visits – for Early Interventionists  DOC
Making the Most of Your Visits – for Early Interventionists (Spanish)  DOC


Personal Safety for Visiting Professionals (external website)

City of Minneapolis Police Dept.

This handout provides tips and strategies for safety pertaining to office procedures, being in the car, in the community, approaching the home, being in the home, and dealing with hostile/angry clients.


Position Statements

Early interventionists may find these position statements useful in helping them to understand the expectations of their disciplines:


Practice Guides for Families (external website)
Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center
These practice guides are intended for practitioners to share with families during interactions that reflect the DEC Recommended Practices. These guides address assessment, environment, instruction, interaction, and transition. Each practice guide includes a handout and a video demonstrating the practices. 


Safety Tips for Home Visitors: Planning for a Safe Home Visit (external website)

This 4-page resource covers many safety tips about checking your agency’s policies, your car, tips for dealing with aggression during a visit, and many general safety tips to use before, during and after a visit.


Thinking Differently About Therapy Materials (external website)

Catherine Knickerbocker, PT

TaCTICS

This handout offers 25 ideas for using items and activities found in natural environments to work on developmental goals instead of taking therapy materials out to the home.


Using Routines-Based Interventions in Early Childhood Special Education (external website)
Danielle Jennings, Mary Frances Hanline, & Juliann Woods
Dimensions of Early Childhood
This article provides an overview of routines-based interventions and includes scenarios to illustrate early intervention using these practices. The importance of routines, effects of embedding interventions, and specific guidance on how to implement routines-based interventions are addressed.


Working with an EI Special Instructor (external website)

Dana Rosenbloom on www.mommybites.com

Check out this article written by an early interventionist that describes the work of the special instructor.

 

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Presentations

Get Up Off the Floor! Implementing Early Intervention Where Everyday Magic Happens

This poster and corresponding handout include information about the continuum of traditional versus routines-based interventions. Materials were presented by the ITC professional development team at the DEC 2013 conference.


Getting into the Routine: Building Family Capacity Through Routine Based Intervention
Juliann J. Woods, PhD CCC-SLP – TACTICS
This Power Point presentation offers information about using adult learning principles and embedded interventions to build the capacity of families to support their children’s development. Strategies such as coaching based on family priorities are also discussed.


High Quality, Team-based Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers (external website, PPT)

Lynda Pletcher

NECTAC

This technical assistance PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of the role of EI service providers, different research-based EI service delivery approaches, and implementing team-based service delivery in the EI process (including coaching).

 

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Audio/Video

Video - Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach
Part 1: Traditional vs. RoutinesWhat is Early Intervention in Virginia?
VA's Integrated Training Collaborative

This video features Virginia service providers, families, and administrators as they describe early intervention. Video clips and photos are also featured to help viewers understand what early intervention looks like and why it works.

 

For guidance about how to use this video to explain early intervention, check out the following two resources:


Video - Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach
Part 1: Traditional vs. RoutinesEarly Childhood Intervention is Key
ECI of North Texas

This video provides an overview of the importance and impact of early intervention. Insights are shared from physicians, parents, and EI service providers.


Video - Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach
Part 1: Traditional vs. RoutinesEarly Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach
Part 1: Traditional vs. Routines

VA's Integrated Training Collaborative

This is the first in a three part series of short videos featuring three current early intervention service providers sharing their insights into providing supports and services using a routines-based approach. Part 1 features an experienced interventionist sharing her personal journey from a clinical approach to one focusing on family routines and activities as the context for effective early intervention.


Video - Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach
Part 2: What Intervention Can (and Should) Look LikeEarly Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach
Part 2: What Intervention Can (and Should) Look Like

VA's Integrated Training Collaborative

This is the second video in a three part series. Part 2 features three early interventionists discussing and demonstrating what intervention looks like when it is provided by collaborating with families during their natural routines and activities. 


Video - Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach
Part 3: Changing the Mindset Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach
Part 3: Changing the Mindset

VA's Integrated Training Collaborative

This is the third video in a three part series. Part 3 features three early interventionists sharing their insights about how they evolved their practices towards a more effective, routines-based intervention approach.


Video - Early Intervention and Child Care—Natural Partners in Natural EnvironmentsEarly Intervention and Child Care—Natural Partners in Natural Environments
Illinois EI Training Program

This 10:50 minutes video discusses and shows the many benefits for supporting Early Intervention services for children in their child care setting. EI providers, child care providers and families share their experiences of how this partnership benefits everyone involved.


Video - Early Intervention and the Power of the FamilyEarly Intervention and the Power of the Family
Open Society Foundations
This video features experts from around the world discussing the importance of early
intervention and family-centered practices.


Video - The Benefits of Early Intervention - Erin and ArloThe Benefits of Early Intervention – Erin & Arlo

Erin describes how early intervention has helped her son, Arlo, thrive.






Video - The Benefits of Early Intervention - Erin and ArloThe Benefits of Early Intervention – Kurt Kondrick

Kurt describes how well his daughter Chloe has adjusted with a solid foundation from early intervention.




Video Early Intervention Saved His LifeEarly Intervention Saved His Life

Carol describes how she believes that early intervention saved her son’s social-emotional life.





Early Intervention Home Visits Video Early Intervention Home Visits (external website)

This video shows and discusses what families can expect on early intervention visits. The video was developed by Connecticut's Birth to Three System but can be very useful for any family who is new to EI. The video includes explanations about a primary provider model, parent coaching, and using typical daily routines as the context for intervention. The video is also available in Spanish.


videoJust Being Kids

Larry Edelman

Results Matter Video Library

Just Being Kids is a collection of six video clips that illustrate recommended practices in early intervention. Developed by The ENRICH Team at JFK Partners in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Education and originally published in 2001, the six stories feature early interventionists working collaboratively with families to achieve meaningful outcomes for their children in everyday routines, activities, and places. In each story, the family members and providers offer poignant reflections on their experiences.

The six stories from Just Being Kids can be downloaded for free for use in professional development activities according to the limitations described on the videos’ webpage. These videos are also available on DVD.


FIT FOCUS Video Library (external website)
University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability
The purpose of the FIT FOCUS Video Library is to share information with early intervention practitioners and families by providing illustrations of evidence-based and recommended early intervention practices in New Mexico. Please check back from time to time as new videos will be added.

 

Current videos include:

  • Using Video, Self-Reflection, and Coaching to Enhance Early Intervention Services
  • Families Front and Center: The Power of Coaching
  • Using Video to Enhance Family Support and Reflective Practice


Family-Guided Routines-Based Intervention - Video Illustrations (external website)
Florida State University
Visit this site to watch videos of EI service providers using the FGRBI approach, which includes caregiver coaching strategies. Videos demonstrate the use of coaching practices during intervention visits with families and include interviews with families and providers.


Harper Hope: A Parent’s View of the Power of Early Intervention (external website)

Direct Results Access Project

This is an important video for families who are, or will be, receiving early intervention services as well as for current and future early intervention practitioners. In Part 1, Karis and Mike share intimate reflections about their daughter's birth and early months in the NICU; in Part 2, Karis articulately describes and illustrates the role of early intervention in their lives.


Videos - Practice Guides for Families (external website)
Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center
These practice guides are intended for practitioners to share with families during interactions that reflect the DEC Recommended Practices. These guides address assessment, environment, instruction, interaction, and transition. Each practice guide includes a handout and a video demonstrating the practices. 


Video Series: Use of Technology with Evidence Based Early Intervention (external website)
Ohio Association of County Boards of Development Disabilities
These eight videos illustrate how video, video conferencing, and related technologies can improve access to, and the quality of, supports for families as well as better enable teams to practice evidence-based early intervention services. The videos cover the following topics:

  • An Overview of Using Technology to Support Families in Early Intervention
  • Using Video to Enhance Play, Communication, and Relationships
  • Using Instant Messaging and Video for Just-In-Time Support
  • Using Video and Video Conferencing to Enable Team Meetings over Distances
  • Using Facetime to Enhance Team Collaboration
  • A Virtual Home Visit with Liam's Family
  • A Virtual Co-Visit with Straton's Family
  • Using Video as a Foundation for Reflective Supervision

 

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Online Learning

Early Intervention Service Coordination and Targeted Case Management (external website)

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU

This module is designed to provide service coordinators (SCs) with the information they need to obtain EI Case Manager certification in Virginia. Chapters address roles and responsibilities; the early intervention process; gathering information from families; accessing community resources; rights, procedural safeguards and documentation; and the SC’s role in funding and billing. This module takes approximately 2 hours to complete and results in a certificate of completion.


Family Centered Practices (external website)

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU

This module discussed family-centered practices and how to apply them with families in natural environments throughout the IFSP process. Completion of this module takes approximately 2 hours and results in a certificate of completion.


Supervision in Early Intervention (external website)

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU

This module reviews the basic rules of supervision, including understanding work styles, listening, providing feedback, etc. Chapters also address gathering and analyzing data; using what you know; team building and resolving conflict; personnel development and management; and planning and program development. Completion of this module takes approximately 2 hours and results in a certificate of completion.

 

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Tools

Checklist for Assessing Adherence to Family-Centered Practices (external website)
CASEtools – Family, Infant and Preschool Program
This CASEtool describes family-centered helpgiving practices and the benefits of their use during early intervention. A family-centered practices checklist is included, along with instructions for its use.


Checklists for Providing/Receiving Early Intervention Supports in Child Care Settings (external website)
CASETOOLS – Family Infant and Preschool Program

This CASEtool includes a description of the development and use of two Checklists for Providing/Receiving Early Intervention Supports in Child Care Settings. The checklists are based on the current evidence for use of natural learning environment practices and coaching as an interaction style for building the capacity of the child care provider to promote child learning and development.


Coaching Practices Rating Scale for Assessing Adherence to Evidence-Based Early Childhood Intervention Practices (external website)
CASEtools – Family, Infant and Preschool Program
This tool defines coaching and describes coaching characteristics. The Coaching Practices Rating Scale is included, along with instructions for administering the scale.


Early Childhood Intervention Competency Checklists
CASEtools – Family, Infant and Preschool Program
This tool discusses an integrated framework for practicing early childhood intervention and family support. A series of checklists and instructions are included in this tool, including:

  • Everyday Child Learning Opportunities Checklist
  • Parenting Supports Checklist
  • Family and Community Resources and Supports Checklist
  • Family-Centered Helpgiving Practices Checklist

Performance Checklists (external websites)
ECTA Center
These performance checklists are intended for practitioners (and leaders where noted) to increase their understanding and use of the DEC Recommended Practices and for self-evaluation of one’s use of the practices. Checklists are organized by the following topics:

  • Leadership
  • Assessment
  • Environment
  • Family
  • Instruction
  • Interaction
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Transition

Examples of checklists include: Natural Environment Learning Opportunities Checklist, Family-Centered Practices Checklist, Family Engagement Practices Checklist, Naturalistic Instructional Practices Checklist, Families are Full Team Members Checklist, Communication for Teaming and Collaboration Checklist, and Transition from Hospital to Early Intervention Checklist

 

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Websites & Programs

Approaches/Models for Service Delivery in Natural Environments (external website)

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center)

This site provides links to websites and presentations about the most commonly mentioned service delivery models and approaches in early intervention.


Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center) (external website)

Formerly NECTAC, the ECTA Center provides links to many resources related to the implementation of Part C and Part B of IDEA. Click here for more information.


FACETS - Family-guided Approaches to Collaborative Early Intervention Training and Services

Life Span Institute at Parsons

The University of Kansas

The FACETS model consists of five training modules that include materials related to each topic that can be used for professional development:

  • Family-guided Activity-Based Intervention (overview)
  • Using Daily Routines as a Context for Intervention
  • Involving Careproviders in Teaching/Learning
  • Developmentally Appropriate, Child Centered Intervention Strategies
  • Interagency/Interdisciplinary Team Planning and Progress Monitoring

These training modules consist of downloadable handouts, checklists, activities, and resources that you can use to train yourself or your staff on these topics. You will find a wealth of resources here!


Family-Centered Practice
Child Welfare Information Gateway
This site provides information about key elements of family-centered practice and provides overarching strategies for family-centered casework practice.


Family Guided Routines Based Intervention

Florida State University

This site provides a great deal of information about the FGRBI Model, including downloadable resources that can help EI practitioners provide intervention that focuses on family routines and support.

Highlighted Checklists & Handouts

  • TaCTICS: The Home Field Advantage in Early Intervention
  • Implementation of Family Centered Supports and Services in Natural Environments: A Family’s Perspective
  • Getting to Know Your Child
  • Gathering Information on Family Routines
  • Building Routines with Children and Careproviders
  • Parent Strategy Handouts (turn-taking, waiting, descriptive talking, imitation, arranging the environment, etc.)

Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (External Website)

US Dept. of Health and Human Services

Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) was launched in fall 2009 to conduct a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature and provide an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting program models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to age 5. Visit this site to review the executive summary of findings and learn more about the home visiting programs included in the study.


Literature Supporting Key Principles for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments (external website)

Annotated Bibliographic Database

ECTA Center

This database contains literature that supports the 7 Key Principles identified in the Mission & Key Principles of Providing Early Intervention in Natural Environments document. You can search the database by citation, word or phrase, principle, type of literature, discipline, disability, demographics, or age of children addressed in citation.


TaCTICS – Therapists as Collaborative Team members for Infant/Toddler Community Services

Florida State University

This website is maintained to share tools useful in skillfully navigating the path toward provision of Part C Services using the child/family's daily routines, activities, and events as a context for assessment and intervention. TaCTICS has four training modules that provide an overview of a topic and a variety of downloadable handouts and other print resources. Topics include:

  • Routines Based Assessment in Natural Environments
  • Linking Assessment to Intervention through Team Planning
  • Using Daily Routines as a Context for Intervention
  • Involving Careproviders in Teaching/Learning

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