This topical guide on everyday interactions was developed in partnership with the Early Intervention Training Program to be used by professionals practicing in the Early Intervention program.


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

  • Early Intervention: A Routines Based Approach from VEIPD
    Created by the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center (VEIPD) This 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.
    • 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.
    • Part 3 features three early interventionists sharing their insights about how they evolved their practices towards a more effective, routines-based intervention approach.



The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

  • CASEinPoint, 1(2), 1-5
    Interest-Based Child Participation in Everyday Learning Activities
    M. Raab. (2005)
    This article describes the characteristics of interest-based participation in everyday family and community activities promoting child learning and development.  Also available as a downloadable PDF.
  • Dimensions of Early Childhood, 40(2), 13-23
    Using Routines-Based Interventions in Early Childhood Special Education
    Danielle Jennings, Mary Frances Hanline, and Juliann Woods. (2012)
    This article describes how families and teachers can partner to promote the development of young children with special needs.  Also available as a downloadable PDF.
  • Journal of Early Intervention, 23(3), 151-164
    Everyday Family and Community Life and Children’s Naturally Occurring Learning Opportunities
    C.J. Dunst, D. Hamby, C. Trivette, M. Raab, & M.B. Bruder. (2000).
    This article describes a study that focused on activity settings and learning opportunities that make up family and community life among children participating in several early childhood programs.
  • Remedial and Special Education, 36(1), 33-38
    Future of Early Intervention With Infants and Toddlers for Whom Typical Experiences Are Not Effective
    R.A. McWilliam, (2015)
    This article describes two advances in the field of early intervention and addresses future directions for the field.
  • Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 33(1), 4– 17
    Responsive Interaction Interventions for Children With or at Risk for Developmental Delays: A Research Synthesis
    Na Young Kong and Judith J. Carta (2011)
    This article synthesizes the available studies regarding responsive interaction intervention (RII) for children with or at risk for developmental delays. The results of the reviewed studies indicated that implementation of RII resulted in significant positive changes in adults’ responsive behaviors and children’s emotional and social-communicative outcomes.
  • Young Exceptional Children, 6(3), 21-26
    More is better: Maximizing natural learning opportunities
    L.A. Jung. (2003).
    Families and caregivers are their children’s first teachers, and even if early interventionists visited children every day, families and other caregivers still have more opportunities to impact their children’s development. The most efficient way to do this is to support the family’s ability to maximize natural learning opportunities and embed intervention into their own activities and routines.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

Everyday Interactions