Here in VA, we are so excited to release our new video series entitled Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach! These videos were professionally produced, are less than 7 min each, and are available for FREE on our professional development website or on our YouTube site. I’m going to give you a quick description of each video below. I encourage you to watch them, use them, and of course give us feedback! After the embedded videos, you’ll also find 3 ideas for how you can use them for staff development. Enjoy!
Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach – Part 1: Traditional vs. Routines
This 5 min video is the first in the series and features an experienced early interventionist sharing her personal journey from a traditional, clinical approach to one focusing on family routines and activities as the context for effective early intervention.
Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach – Part 2: What Intervention Can – and Should – Look Like
This video is about 7 minutes long and 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. Examples of parent-provider collaboration during a trip to a restaurant and visits in families’ homes are shown.
Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach – Part 3: Changing the Mindset
This video is under 5 minutes and focuses on insights from the three early interventionists about how they evolved their practices toward a more effective, routines-based intervention approach.
Three Ideas for Using these Videos
If you are a program supervisor or trainer, here are a few ideas about how you might use these videos for staff development:
Idea #1: Group Staff Development – Plan a staff development activity across 3 staff meetings. Watch one video each meeting and reflect together on where individual and program-wide practices are on a continuum of traditional to routines-based intervention.
Idea #2: Training Activity – Have participants bring contact notes or descriptions of recent intervention visits. Collect the contact notes and shuffle them. Watch the first two videos and break the participants into small groups. Each group gets three randomly-chosen contact notes to review and discuss. They can compare and contrast the visit activities with the practices shown and discussed in the videos. You might also ask them what suggestions would they have for that interventionist for the next visit to try to use more routines-based practices. No one has to “fess” up and own the contact note but everyone can learn from them. Wrap-up the activity with the third video.
Idea #3: Individual Staff Supervision – Use these videos with individuals in your program who are struggling with adopting these practices. Rather than doing this as a group activity, watch the first video together with the individual and reflect together on the person’s current practices. Ask him to watch the 2nd video by himself and reflect on it in writing. You could create a compare and contrast handout for him to use during the week to reflect on his visits and what practices he uses. You could also tie this to a discussion and compare/contract activity using the 7 Key Principles: Looks Like/Doesn’t Look Like (PDF, New Window) document from the ECTA Center. Review the reflection together and watch the third video. Come up with a plan for “changing the mindset” with suggested readings, maybe have him join visits with others who are using routines-based practices, etc. Follow-up on the plan in supervision and provide lots of support along the way.
What other ideas do you have for using these videos for staff development??
Special heartfelt thanks to the early interventionists and families who shared their experiences with us!!