Everyday Interactions


This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse and other sources.

Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Note that some videos may be viewed online, and journal titles will take you to the publisher’s homepage.

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Activity Kit for Babies and Toddlers at Risk
Deborah Fein, et al.
Guilford Press, 2016
Your child’s daily routines are transformed into learning opportunities that promote crucial abilities, such as how to imitate others or use simple hand gestures to convey wants and needs.
Call#: HV 888.5 .F3271 2016
Also available as an eBook 

Autism Intervention Every Day! Embedding Activities in Daily Routines for Young Children and Their Families
Merle Crawford
Brookes Publishing, 2016
This book is packed with simple, highly effective suggestions for strengthening critical skills during daily routines, from dressing in the morning to getting ready for bed.
Call#: WM 203.5 .C84 2016
Also available as an eBook 

Early Intervention Every Day! : Embedding Activities in Daily Routines for Young Children and Their Families
Merle Crawford and Barbara Weber
Brookes Publishing, 2014
Targeting 80 skills in six key developmental domains for children birth to age 3, this reader-friendly guide gives families and professionals dozens of ready-to-use ideas for embedding learning opportunities in everyday routines.
Call#: HV 888.5 .C73 2013
Also available as an eBook 

Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals : Partnering for Success, Second edition
Bonnie Keilty
Teachers College Press, 2016
With a focus on how families and professionals can collaborate effectively so that infants and toddlers learn, grow, and thrive, this newly revised guidebook reflects recent research and best practices in the field of early intervention.
Call#: WS 350.6 .K27 2016

Early Intervention Workbook : Essential Practices for Quality Services
Lynda Pletcher and Naomi Younggren.
Brookes Publishing, 2013
This comprehensive resource walks readers through every key step of the early intervention journey with children birth to 3, from the crucial first meeting with a family to the child’s transition out of intervention.
Call#: HV 713 .P566 2013

Play & Learn Activities for Babies : 65 Simple Ways to Promote Growth and Development from Birth to Two Years Old
Hannah Fathi
Page Street Publishing, 2022
This book highlights 65 essential activities that use play as a vehicle for teaching and skill-building. With options that focus on everything from fine and gross motor skills to observation and investigation skills and beyond, these activities are guaranteed to delight your little one while introducing fundamental concepts and sparking curiosity.
Only available as an eBook 


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.


Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
This agency helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.

Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC)
Professional association for those who work with or on behalf of young children with developmental delays or disabilities. Multiple resources for professionals.
3415 S Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA, 90034


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Interest-Based Child Participation in Everyday Learning Activities
Melinda 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, et al. (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
Carl Dunst, et al. (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 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
Lee Ann 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

Daily Routines Are Learning Times (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Everyday Early Intervention Tip Sheet Series (EIC)

How I Communicate (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

How I Understand (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Moments That Matter: Talking with Your Baby (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Separation Anxiety and Children with Special Needs (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Fun at Home with Preschoolers: Getting Ready to Read! (IEL)
With these tips from the Illinois Early Learning Project, you can help your preschooler build the knowledge, skills, and habits he or she needs to become a reader and a writer later on. Also available in Spanish and Polish.

Fun at Home with Preschoolers: Let’s Measure! (IEL)
Here are some tips from the Illinois Early Learning Project that can help your child learn basic measurement concepts. Also available in Spanish and Polish.

Fun at Home with Preschoolers: Play with Light & Shadow (IEL)
You can help your child learn bout the sun, the moon, and the clouds in the sun with these tips from the Illinois Early Learning Project. Also available in Spanish and Polish.

The Basics
This network of local campaigns works through partner organizations to ensure that children aged birth to age three experience the “basics” for a great start in life.  The community toolkit includes an assortment of videos, handouts, presentations, and implementation guides to help caregivers encourage parents to engage with their infants and toddlers in fun learning experiences either at home or in playgroup settings.

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
This research-based program believes that advances in science provide a powerful source of new ideas focused on the early years of life.

Coaching Facilitation Guide – VA’s New Tool for Early Intervention Coaching
This resource guide from Virginia’s Early Intervention program is intended to be used by leaders to facilitate discussion at regular meetings about the use of coaching during EI visits. These could be staff meetings, regional provider meetings, or even at a local community of practice.

Embedding Strategies into Family Routines: One PT’s Perspective
These tips will assist the early interventionist in learning how to embed strategies into a family’s natural routines.

Family Guided Routines Based Intervention (FGRBI) and Caregiver Coaching
Florida State University supports this ongoing research endeavor that focuses on developing and validating an early intervention approach that incorporates the Part C of IDEA mandates and the recommended evidence-based practices for supports and services for young children with special needs and their families.

Outcomes Measurement: Child Outcomes Summary Process
The Child Outcomes Summary Process (COSP) is a way for states to summarize data on children for federal reporting purposes. States use the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) to document children’s functioning in three outcome areas. This website offers a variety of tools and resources on the COSP and COSF.

Your Child’s Development: Age-Based Tips From Birth to 36 Months
This set of age-based handouts include a “what to expect” chart for each age range, frequently asked questions, a research summary, and information about common parenting challenges for each age and stage.