Evidence-based Resources for Families and Practitioners to Support Infant-Toddler Development


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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Big Body Play: Why Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play is Essential to Children’s Development and Learning
Frances Carlson
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2011
Drawing from evidence-based practice and the latest research, this book explains the multitude of benefits of big body play for young children’s social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Also learn how to organize the physical environment, set rules and policies, and supervise the play.
Call#: GV 452 .C1973 2011

Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom and Community: a Guide to Working Effectively with Young Children and Their Families in the Child Welfare System
Lynne Katz, et al.
Brookes Publishing, 2011
This guidebook has the practical, real-world answers professionals need as they navigate the complex child welfare system, work with the courts, and plan interventions and treatment so that they can provide the best possible services and supports to the most vulnerable young children and families.
Call#: HV 741 .K389 2011

Emotional and Behavioral Problems of Young Children : Effective Interventions in the Preschool and Kindergarten Years
Gretchen Gimpel Peacock and Melissa Holland
Guilford Press, 2003
This book provides hands-on tools and resources for addressing common emotional and behavioral problems in preschool- and kindergarten-age children. The focus is on evidence-based interventions that are practical and effective, and that help prevent the development of more serious difficulties later on.  This volume contains over 30 reproducible parent handouts and other clinical tools.
Call#: WS 350.6 .G491e 2003

Enhancing Early Attachments : Theory, Research, Intervention, and Policy
Lisa Berlin, et al.
Guilford Press, 2005
This book brings the latest knowledge in early attachments and offers a unique overview of evidence-based treatment and prevention approaches currently in use. With contributions from leaders in the field, the book highlights how scientifically informed services can make a lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families
Call#: WS 105 .B515 2005

Evidence-Based Practice in Infant and Early Childhood Psychology
Barbara Mowder, et al.
John Wiley and Sons, 2009
Presented from the increasingly popular evidence-based model of practice, and with ethical, multicultural, and training issues interwoven throughout, this edited handbook is the first of its kind to consider the complete psychological needs of infants and young children.
Call#: BF 719 .E95 2009

Evidence-Based Practice in the Early Childhood Field
Virginia Buysse and Patricia Wesley
Zero to Three, 2006
This book defines the evidence-based practice movement and explains how it is empowering professionals to deliver the most effective interventions available. The authors examine how evidence-based practice is changing the way research is conducted, how research findings can be applied to solve real-world problems, and how research can be used to inform critical policy decisions.
Call#: HQ 772 .E94b 2006

Supporting Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities : Evidence-Based and Emerging Practices
Mian Wang
Oxford University Press, 2016
This book provides a comprehensive review of the empirical evidence on interventions for families of individuals – ranging from post-preschool age to adulthood – with developmental disabilities.
Call#: HV 1570.5 .U6 W35 2016

The Handbook for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders
Christine Dollaghan
Brookes Publishing, 2007
Written for speech-language pathologists, this book demonstrates how to apply current best evidence in making critical decisions about the care of individual patients, be it screening, diagnosis or treatment of communication disorders.
Call#: WL 340.2 .D659 2007


Practical strategies for teaching social emotional skills
28 min; DVD
Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, 2007
This video presents concrete strategies caregivers and teachers can use to model, practice, and reinforce behaviors such as turn taking, helping others, sharing both things and feelings, asking for help, and cooperation. Helping children learn to manage their own behavior in preschool significantly affects their later life success.
Call#: BF 723 S62 P898 2007


American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
APTA is a national individual membership professional organization seeking to advance physical therapy practice, education, research, and awareness.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association site contains numerous resources for professionals, including topic-specific guides, continuing education opportunities, ASHA publications, articles, an online store, and the latest research. Resources available on the ASHA Web site. Contact us to request a specific article.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

National Center of Medical Home Initiative for Children with Special Needs
Transforming a pediatric practice to the medical home model of care can be a complicated process. These instructional videos from the former National Center for Medical Home Implementation makes that transformation less complicated.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, provides health information, grants, research, and training along with housing 29 institutes and centers in order to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability

National Organization of Rare Disorders
This is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.

The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
This AOTA page provides information related to children and youth.

Zero to Three National Center for Infants Toddlers and Families
This site provides resources for families and caregivers of children birth to age three.


Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 34(3), 180-193
Early Identification of and Intervention for Infants and Toddlers Who Are at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Julian Woods and Amy Wetherby, (2003)
This article reviews the earliest indicators of ASD in very young children—social and communication impairments—which have important implications for early identification and provides a set of guiding principles for providing intervention for infants and toddlers who are at risk for ASD.

Web Resources

Center for Early Learning Literacy (CELL)
Practice Guides with adaptations give ideas on how to make literacy learning activities accessible for young children with disabilities.

Coaching in Early Childhood
This website offers evidence-based information on coaching from several well-known experts in the field of early childhood. Coaching is a process and style of interaction used by early intervention and early childhood practitioners to build the capacity of family members and other important care providers to promote the child’s learning and development.

Explore these tools: Handout 1.12 Activity Matrix; Handout 5.3 Examples of Assistive Technology Adaptations

Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
The Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center houses important information for Head Start programs, providers, and families, along with high-quality general early childhood information.

Simple Assistive Technology Ideas for Children Ages Birth to Three: A Guide for Increasing Young Children’s Participation in Daily Activities and Routines found at Tots N Tech

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.

Family Tools
Family Tools like Teaching Your Child to Become Independent with Daily Routines; Make the most of Playtime; Practical Strategies for Teachers and Families

Family-guided Approaches to Collaborative Early-intervention Training and Services (FACETS)
This Web site features family stories, along with other information and training for supporting children’s development in natural environments. The materials were created for family members, EI service providers, and administrators. The FACETS model consists of five discrete, replicable, and interacting components:

  • Module 1 Family-guided Activity Based Intervention (overview)
  • Module 2 Using Daily Routines as a Context for Intervention
  • Module 3 Involving Care Providers in Teaching/Learning
  • Module 4 Developmentally Appropriate, Child Centered Intervention Strategies
  • Module 5 Interagency/Interdisciplinary Team Planning and Progress Monitoring

Infant and Toddler Child Development and Education
This site offers information on curriculum, learning environments, brain development and screening, assessment, evaluation and observation of infants and toddlers.
Therapists as Collaborative Team Members for Infants/Toddlers Community Settings (TACTICS)

Where Can Parents Find Help for Young Children with Special Needs?
Every child is unique, but some children face extra physical or learning challenges. Parents often have questions about sources of information and support. This Q & A addresses many of the questions that parents have asked the Illinois Early Learning project staff over the past few years and suggests resources that parents of young children may find useful. Also in Spanish.

Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments
Agreed Upon Practices for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments

Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments
(Final Draft 11-7). OSEP TA Community of Practice- Part C Settings Services in Natural Environments Documents, “Seven Key Principles: Looks Like/Doesn’t Look Like

Setting Language in Motion: Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
This free, 7-module resource was developed to foster an understanding of the importance of early language acquisition that supports robust linguistic competence and conceptual development in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Also available in Spanish.