Did you know that you are the most important person in your child’s life? Research has shown that young children who have a strong attachment with an important adult (that’s you!) are most likely to grow up secure and happy. You know your child better than anyone else, so your input and participation in your child’s early intervention (EI) service plan is critical. In fact, you can greatly influence and support your child’s learning and development by working closely with your child’s EI providers. These resources are all about your role in your child’s services. They should give you some ideas to discuss with your child’s EI providers.
A Parent’s Guide To Developmental Delays: Recognizing and Coping with Missed Milestones in Speech, Movement, Learning, and Other Areas
Using real-life examples and case studies along with checklists, exercises, and other hands-on advice, the book covers a range of delays and disorders that include autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder, aggressive behavior, and motor-control problems.
Call#: WS 350.6 .L465p 2006
Does My Child Have a Developmental Delay?: A guide for Parent on the Early Intervention Process
This book is a step-by-step guide for families on how to navigate the early intervention process.
EARLY Intervention Every Day! : embedding activities in daily routines for young children and their families
Effective early intervention doesn’t stop when the provider leaves the family’s home. Targeting 80 skills in 6 key developmental domains for children birth to three, this reader-friendly guide gives professionals dozens of ready-to-use ideas for helping families and caregivers embed learning opportunities in their everyday routines.
Call#: HV 888.5 .C73 2013
Mothering Special Needs: A Different Maternal Journey
In a series of interviews with mothers of children with special needs, Kingston explores what it means to be a mother and how that translates into real-life experience, giving examples of good and bad practice when working with professionals.
Call#: WS 107.5 .R5 K55 2007
Seven Essentials for Family–Professional Partnerships in Early Intervention
This book is about digging deeper and looking closer at what it takes to have successful relationships with each and every family. The authors explore seven partnership concepts, brought to life through the words and perspectives of families and professionals themselves.
Call#: WS 350.6 .K34 2017
Supportive Parenting: Becoming an Advocate for your Child with Special Needs
Developmental psychologist and educator Campito draws on her own experiences as a parent to personalize the experience of becoming an advocate for one’s child. She explains how parents can work with communities of care to meet their child’s needs.
Call#: WS 107.5 R5 C196 2007
The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success
With a focus on how families and professionals can collaborate effectively so that infants and toddlers learn, grow, and thrive, this book reflects research and best-practices in the field of early intervention. The book includes a chapter on assessment and planning outlining how parents and professionals can work together throughout the process.
Call#: WS 350.6 .K27 2016
Videos and Media
A Child with Special Needs
In this video, families of children with special needs share their stories to help other parents understand what to do when they find out that their child has a special need, how to find answers to their questions, how to advocate for their child, and how to focus on their child’s unique strengths.
Call#: WS 350.6 .C536dvd 2004
Floortime DVD Training Series, Volume 1: The Basics: Relating and Communicating
This training series introduces the Floortime approach for helping children to master the basics of relating and communicating. The creators of the approach demonstrate techniques that both follow the child’s natural emotional interests and challenge the child toward greater mastery of the social, emotional, and intellectual capacities. Cases related to birth to three-year-olds can be watched for EI credit (3.25 hrs): Introduction: The DIR model (45:13); Case 8. Gary, 22 months (66:00); Case 10. Alex, 2 years (87:24)
Call#: WM 203.5 G815t 2005 Vol.1
Precious Lives, Meaningful Choices
In this video, four families discuss their journey of raising and caring for children who have progressive, life-limiting illnesses. Parents share their reflections on care assistants, medical staff, and embracing their children’s lives with courage and hope.
Call#: WS 200 P923 2006
The home team. Early intervention illustrated : the family-centered approach for supporting families with babies who are deaf or hard of hearing
This DVD shows you how to establish trusting, caring relationships between early intervention specialists and families of infants and toddlers with hearing loss.
Call#: HQ 755.7 .H765v 2005
The mission of C.I.T.Y. of Support is to create a dynamic community, both online and in person, that supports all families navigating the needs of their child in therapy, regardless of diagnosis.
Family Matters provides disability-related information, referrals, telephone consultation, parent trainings, a lending library, and more for families of students and adults with disabilities. Live and online conferences, workshops, and other events are available. Family Matters serves all Illinois counties except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.
Created by parents, professionals, and volunteers, FRCD seeks to improve services for all children with disabilities through parent training, special education rights seminars, and information assistance and support through telephone and mail requests. They also maintain an extensive list of Parent Support Groups
Early Intervention Matters: Part 3. Family-Centered Philosophy and the Role of the Family in Early Intervention
This article provides a brief summary and overview of family-centered philosophy and the position of the family in early intervention services.
Interventions for Toddlers with Autism: Buiding on the Parent-Child Relationship to Promote Joint Attention
A mother who is also an early interventionist shares the story of how she discovered that her son had autism. The article describes a model that helped parents of three toddlers with autism to promote joint attention.
Brookes Publishing (2023)
This short article discusses three essential components of a home visit through the lens of a case story.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2021)
This list provides resources to help providers discuss difficult topics with parents. Web articles, books, journal articles, and organizations are listed.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2015)
Many parents feel nervous about parent-teacher conferences or other talks with their children’s teachers or caregivers. Here are some parent-tested hints to help you have good meetings with the people at your child’s program.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2015)
Linda bites her classmates. Nate’s rude talk upsets everybody. But the parents seem stunned when you tell them you would like to find ways to help their child get along better at school. Here are some suggestions that may help when parents say, “He doesn’t do that at home!”