Spring Newsletter Focuses on Family Engagement in EI


The Spring 2022 edition of the Early Intervention Clearinghouse newsletter is available on our website in English and Spanish. Our main story looks at family-centered practices, often referred to as family engagement. The story gives families an idea of how these practices can help you advocate for your child, understand your choices, and grow your leadership skills.

This newsletter also includes our latest tip sheet, Talking With Your Family About Your Child’s Disability, which helps parents and caregivers interact with extended family members and siblings to help them better understand their child’s delays/disabilities and their everyday lives of as parents.

We also highlight new books in the clearinghouse as well as our new speech kits, which provide caregivers with information and activities to promote communication skills and books to share with children to encourage shared communication and relationship building. These kits are available in both English and Spanish and can be accessed through the clearinghouse library.

You can find all previous issues of the Early Intervention Clearinghouse newsletter on our website in English and Spanish.

Families Can Borrow an iPad, Hotspot for Live Video Visits

picture of ipad

Many families in early intervention are receiving services by live video visits. To help families with technology needs, the EI Clearinghouse has added several technology devices to the lending library:
• iPads with a cellular data plan (device and Internet access)
• iPads without a cellular data plan (device)
• Hotspot with cellular data plan (Internet access)

To request a technology device, please complete our Device Loan Request Form (also available in Spanish).

For more information about live video visits, see our tip sheet Introduction to Early Intervention (EI) Live Video Visits: Frequently Asked Questions (also available in Spanish).

About the Clearinghouse

The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families. We are a resource for you; contact us via our online form or by phone at (877) 275-3227. We have a library of videos, books, manuals, and journals related to the development of young children with special needs and their families.

Please let us know if you need any resources or information; we are always happy to help!

Sarah Isaacs, librarian
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse