This topical guide on early intervention visits will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).
From Parents to Partners: Building a Family-Centered Early Childhood Program
Redleaf Press, 2006
This 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.
LB 1139.35 .P37 K44f 2006 68221075
The Art and Practice of Home Visiting: Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs and Their Families
Ruth Cook and Shirley Sparks
Brookes Publishing, 2008
This practical guide provides examples and best practices for building relationships with families and facilitating adult-child interaction.
HV 697 .C771a 2008 226038346
The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success
Teachers College Press, 2016
Keilty explains what early intervention looks like and how families can best partner with professionals so that young children can learn, grow, and thrive. The book includes a chapter on assessment and planning outlining how parents and professionals can work together throughout the process.
WS 350.6 K27e 2016 937999299
The Home Visitor’s Guidebook: Promoting Optimal Parent and Child Development (3rd ed.)
Brookes Publishing, 2008
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.
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Seven essentials for family-professional partnerships in early intervention
Teachers College Press, 2017
Family–professional partnerships are essential to early intervention practice (birth–age 3). This book provides a set of concrete practices for partnering with families, presents authentic voices of families and professionals in action, promotes enhanced reflection as readers apply the lessons learned to their work, recognizes and highlights the individual nature of each family–professional partnership, and includes tools to help plan, implement, and evaluate the use of the practices described.
WS 350.6 .K34 2017 970380945
Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.
Early Intervention Illustrated 2: The Art & Science of Home Visits
18 minutes; DVD
Boys Town Press, 2004
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.
HV 2392.2 .E12a 2004 228304471
Home Visiting: Research, Respect, and Rapport
60 minutes; DVD (APPLES Magazine; no. 114). Originally broadcast March 21, 2002. Featuring Connie Shugart and Mary Smith.
Western Illinois University; 2002
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.
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In-home early intervention: supporting families and their infants with special needs
16 minutes; DVD
Child Development Media, 2011
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.
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Sensory motor play in early intervention : improving self-regulation, social skills and development
6 hours; DVD
PESI, Inc., 2017
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.
WS 340 .Se595 2017 1023433120
We are still adding to this resource guide. Please check back later for additional resources.
The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.
Zero to Three, 30(6), 16-21
Assessing Home Visit Quality: Dosage, Content, and Relationships
Diane Paulsell, et al. (2010)
This article outlines the three things that need to be considered for high-quality home visits: dosage (frequency), content, and relationships.
Young Exceptional Children, 19(4), 20-34.
“Dosage” Decisions for Early Intervention Services
Miriam Kuhn and Christine Marvin. (2016)
This article describes a process to help early intervention teams consider key factors in the design of a program’s focus and the type and intensity of supports appropriate for young children and their families. Relevant DEC Recommended Practices are noted as support for the questions the team should consider in this decision-making process.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.
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) Video provided by the Connecticut Birth to Three System.
Highlight of a Home Visit
(Running time: 3min, 3sec) This video demonstrates a teacher conducting an effective home visit with a child who will be attending a child care center. She is gathering information and informing the parents about what they can expect on the first day of school.
Reaching Families Where They Live: Supporting Parents and Child Development Through Home Visiting
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.
The Illinois Early Intervention Program: A Guide for Families
Page 7 of this guide describes a typical home visit.
Tiara’s Story: Encephalopathy and Seizure Disorder
Meet Tiara and her family and see the routine-based interventions that were planned for her.
Home Visiting and Early Childhood Education can Benefit Families by Broadening their Strategies for Family Engagement
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.