This guide includes information on the Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Program, why EI services are important, how to find out whether your child is eligible for the EI program, starting and leaving EI services, your legal rights, and questions frequently asked by families.
From Parents to Partners: Building a Family-Centered Early Childhood Program
his book emphasizes the importance of family-professional relationships when working with young children. This book gives examples on how to work with parents and bring them in as a part of the collaborative team, noting that the child benefits the most when families and professionals work together effectively.
Call#: LB 1139.35 .P37 K44f 2006
Here’s How to do Early Intervention for Speech and Language: Empowering Parents
This book explains to parents how early intervention works and how to best help their child. This book covers when and how to start early intervention, treatment models, parent-child interaction, and much more.
Call#: WL 340.2 .Se173 2012 K44f 2006
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
The Art and Practice of Home Visiting: Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs and Their Families
This practical guide provides examples and best practices for building relationships with families and facilitating adult-child interaction.
Call#: HV 697 .C771a 2008
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
The Home Visitor’s Guidebook: Promoting Optimal Parent and Child Development (3rd ed.)
This book is a compilation of information for professionals who conduct home visits. Expectations are explained and situations that the professionals may encounter during home visits are explored. The book discusses ideas for how to build the bonds between professionals and families. Several sections discuss difficulties and dilemmas that some professionals have dealt with during home visits.
Call#: HQ 755.7 .K63 2008
Videos and Media
Early Intervention Home Visiting
Early Intervention Home Visits
This video shows what early intervention visits are like. It includes descriptions of typical routines, parent coaching, and the primary provider model. (English and Spanish options)
Early Intervention Illustrated 2: The Art and Science of Home Visits
This DVD demonstrates how to facilitate family-centered interactions between the service providers and the families of the children they’re working with. Strategies and specific skills are given so that these services can be provided in the most effective way in the child’s natural home environment.
Call#: HV 2392.2 .E12a 2004
Home Visiting: Research, Respect, and Rapport
This video focuses on research/preparation; respect/recognition of the important of the family and acknowledgement of their values; and rapport/building a partnership committed to meeting the needs of the child.
Call#: HQ 755.7 .H765sh 2002
In-home early intervention: supporting families and their infants with special needs
This video includes examples of early intervention home-visiting approaches that reflect a variety of routine-based, family-centered strategies and activities used by two interventionists for children with different learning needs.
Call#: HQ 759.913 .In49sup 2011
Sensory motor play in early intervention : improving self-regulation, social skills and development
This seminar demonstrates how sensory, motor and play activities impact self-regulation, social skills and development. Learn cutting-edge, brain-based information and techniques for kids who exhibit difficult behaviors.
Call#: WS 340 .Se595 2017
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Assessing Home Visit Quality: Dosage, Content, and Relationship
This article outlines the three things that need to be considered for high-quality home visits: dosage (frequency), content, and relationships.
“Dosage” Decisions for Early Intervention Services
Brookes Publishing (2023)
This short article discusses three essential components of a home visit through the lens of a case story.
Child Trends (2019)
Both the early care and education (ECE) and home visiting (HV) fields build on the central role of families in support of their children’s development. Both fields increasingly view opportunities for family engagement along a continuum, and increasingly focus on meaningful ways to engage families.
Inter-American Development Bank (2015)
Zero to Three (2012)
ZERO TO THREE strongly urges policymakers to continue supporting the expansion of evidence-based home visitation programs, so the diversity of families who need support can access it in a culturally appropriate manner.