Coaching and Consultation Practices in Early Childhood
Early Childhood

Written by two experts on early childhood intervention and special education, this book introduces multiple models of professional collaboration and offers in‐depth guidance on how to implement an effective consultation/coaching model in early childhood settings.

Contains Companion Materials
54692 978-1-68125-469-2
2023 216
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Coaching is one of the best ways to enhance the skills of early childhood practitioners and ensure high‐quality learning experiences for young children with and without disabilities. With this authoritative professional learning resource, educators and early interventionists will learn how to use coaching and consultation methods to support inclusion and ensure the best outcomes for all children from birth to five.

Written by two experts on early childhood intervention and special education, this book introduces multiple models of professional collaboration and offers in‐depth guidance on how to implement an effective consultation/coaching model in early childhood settings. From big‐picture considerations to small logistical details, professionals will master the entire process of creating, maintaining, and evaluating a successful coaching relationship. In each chapter, case examples, discussion questions, chapter summaries, and group activities reinforce key points and encourage reflection.

An essential professional resource and an ideal textbook for courses on consultation and coaching, this comprehensive guide will help early childhood practitioners work together to improve educational and developmental outcomes for all young children.


  • Establish ground rules and objectives for coaching
  • Build rapport and strong communication skills within a coaching relationship
  • Systematically gather information about the child, teacher, and learning environment to inform coaching practices
  • Work together to set and prioritize intervention goals for children
  • Create and implement an action plan that addresses intervention goals
  • Deliver effective performance feedback
  • Evaluate the success of both the coaching plan and the partnership
  • Use current technology to harness the benefits of tele‐intervention, mobile coaching, and remote consultation

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Support successful coaching and consultation with more than 25 reproducible downloads, including progress monitoring forms, action plans, a planning matrix, self‐assessments, and coaching session sample logs.

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Models of Professional Collaboration
 Learning Objectives
 New Roles and Responsibilities for Early Childhood Professionals
 Models of Professional Collaboration: Promising Practices to Support Professional Learning
 Models of Coaching and Consultation in Early Care and Education
 Models of Consultation
 Overview of Origin and Scope of Consultation in Early Childhood Intervention
 Research on the Efficacy of Behavioral Consultation and Coaching
 Consultation/Coaching in Early Childhood: A Professional Collaboration Model
 Determining the Goals and Purpose of Consultation/Coaching
 Who Provides Consultation/Coaching in Early Childhood Settings?
 Research on How Consultation or Coaching is Used in Early Education and Intervention
 Discussion Questions
 Case Study Activities

Chapter 2: Agreements for Coaching Services: Establishing Ground Rules for Coaching
 Learning Objectives
 Introduction: Establishing the Ground Rules for Coaching
 Why Are Requests for Coaching Services Initiated
 Establishing Objectives Before Initiating Coaching Services
 Creating an Agreement for Coaching Services
 Key Elements in an Agreement for Coaching Services
 What Details Should Be Addressed in an Agreement for Coaching Services?
 Benefits of a Formal Agreement for Coaching Services
 Caveats Related to On‐Line and E‐Communications
 Discussion Questions
 Case Study Activities

Chapter 3: Building Rapport in a Coaching Relationship
 Learning Objectives
 Introduction: The Nature of a Coaching Partnership
 Initiating a Coaching Partnership
 The Role of Rapport in Building a Coaching Partnership
 Building and Sustaining Rapport: Recommendations for Coaches
 Use of Interpersonal Communication Skills in Establishing and Building Rapport
 Non‐Verbal Communication Skills Linked to Building Rapport
 Verbal Communication Skills Linked to Building Rapport
 Use of Different Forms of Questioning in Communicating with a Partner
 Common Mistakes in Interpersonal Communication
 The Role of Social Power and Influence in Coaching Partnerships
 Perspectives and Interests of the Coach and Partner in a Coaching Relationship
 Factors that May Contribute to the Success or Failure of a Coaching Partnership
 Discussion Questions
 Case Study Activities

Chapter 4: Observation and Information Gathering
 Learning Objectives
 Introduction: Observation and Information Gathering
 Getting to Know the Learning Enviornment
 Assessing the Teaching Skills of Early Childhood Educators
 Assessing the Program's Climate or Culture
 Teddy, Alexis, Brittany, and Shelly
 Discussion Questions
 Case Study Activities

Chapter 5: Implementing the Plan
 Learning Objectives
 Setting a Goal
 Reviewing Assessment Information
 Triaging or Prioritizing Targets for Intervention
 Reaching Consensus and Moving Forward: Planning for Action
 Selecting Strategies to Address the Issue
 Choosing Child‐Focused Intervention Strategies
 Choosing Evidence‐Based Strategies that Promote Adult Learning
 Creating an Action Plan
 Supports for Implementation
 Curriculum Planning Matrices
 Observation and Data Collection
 Performance Feedback
 Ways to Share Performance Feedback
 Challenges to Implemtnation
 Discussion Questions
 Case Study Activities

Chapter 6: Evaluating the Success of the Coaching Plan and the Partnership
 Learning Objectives
 Introduction: Evaluation of Coaching Partnerships
 The Relationship Between Coaching Context and Evaluation
 Use of Common Coaching Tools in Evaluating a Coaching Partnership
 Evaluating the Process and Outcome of a Coaching Partnership
 Expectations of Stakeholders: Implications for Evaluating a Coaching Partnership
 Discussion Questions
 Case Study Activities

Chapter 7: Behind the Scenes in the Coaching Model
 Learning Objectives
 The Role of Logistics in Supporting Effective Coaching: An Overview
 Key Elements in a Coaching Partnership
 Considerations in Assigning Coaching Personnel
 The Expertise Model of Caseload Allocation
 Cultural Competence in Assigning Caseloads
 Enrollment of Children with Special Needs in Selected Programs
 Assigning Caseloads: Striking a Balance
 Supporting Coaching Services: Creating Office Space at Host Sites
 Professional Preperation and Learning for Coaches: Building Capactiy
 Key Elements in a Coaching Partnership: Personal and Professional Organization
 Challenges in Adopting or Expanding Coaching Services
 Discussion Questions
 Case Study Activities

Chapter 8: Coaching and Consultation in a Virtual World
 Learning Objectives
 Building Effective Professional Relationships Virtually
 Sharing Information Virtually
 Creating Virtual Repositories of Resources
 Capitalizing on the Benefits of Could‐Based Systems
 Silver Linings
 Virtual Coaching
 Lessons Learned from Early Intervention Tele‐Intervention
 Discussion Questions
 Case Study Activities



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Ruth E. Gallucci, 619 Coordinator, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - July 25, 2022
"Drs. Dinnebeil and McInerney’s much-awaited Coaching and Consultation Practices in Early Childhood is the next must-read for those of us passionate about supporting young children with disabilities in high-quality general early childhood classrooms. As the focus of early childhood special education teacher preparation programs and professional development begins to shift focus from training teachers to provide direct instruction to children to that of training teachers to provide coaching and consultation to their general education teaching partners, this new book becomes not only timely but critical to their success. Coaching and Consultation Practices in Early Childhood provides Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Teachers with the tools and resources necessary for collaborative consultation and ultimately ensures our youngest learners equitable access to high-quality early learning environments."
Robin McWilliam, Ph.D., Professor, Special Education and Multiple Abilities, University of Alabama, Director, EIEIO - July 15, 2022
"After many years of study and training personnel, Dinnebeil and McInerney have provided the field with a masterful resource for coaching and consultation practices. Especially valuable is the chapter on building rapport in a coaching relationship. This book makes clear that coaching and collaborative or “soft” consultation are not mutually exclusive. The emphases on adult learning and performance feedback will propel teachers and other professionals towards fidelity to evidence-based practices."
Camille Catlett, MA, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - July 10, 2022
"I have often used and shared Consultation in Early Childhood Settings as part of my work. Now that I’ve had a chance to thoroughly review Coaching and Consultation Practices in Early Childhood, I am thoroughly impressed with how much more thorough, thoughtful, and current this new resource is. The authors have created a book that is simultaneously well-grounded in current research and infinitely practical. The chapters are rich in detail, resources, and examples and offer specific illustrations with immediate relevance to both in-person and virtual applications. Full size samples of forms, reports, and correspondence add to the usefulness of this resource."
Louise Kaczmarek, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emerita, University of Pittsburgh - July 5, 2022
"Coaching and Consultation Practices in Early Childhood fills a significant gap in the resources available for teaching preservice students and in-service professionals to become coaches and consultants in early childhood settings. The book’s comprehensive, yet practical orientation dissects every aspect of the coaching process with detailed explanations, plentiful examples, thought-provoking exercises, and usable forms to help readers acquire skills for negotiating the intricate dynamics of establishing successful partnerships with early childhood practitioners on their home turf. Especially noteworthy is the consistent inclusion of technology considerations (e.g., various forms of electronic communication, videoconferencing, web-based platforms) throughout the book as well as a chapter dedicated to issues that became apparent and further transformed virtual coaching and consultation during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Simone DeVore, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - July 1, 2022
"In this valuable new text, Drs. Dinnebeil and McInerney bring together consultation & coaching research and practice so that inclusion teams can successfully teach all young children. Coaches will find practical guidance on their journey toward reaching mutually agreed upon goals. Evidence-based resources for partnership teams abound with the aim to equip a partner with knowledge and skills in supporting a child’s IFSP or IEP goals. The authors include many examples and worksheets for coaches and partners as they identify goals including child specific (focusing on learning objectives and interventions), partner specific (focusing on beliefs and practices), and program specific (focusing on overall quality improvement) outcomes.

In an important analysis, the authors discuss social power and social influence and their effects on coach-partner relationships. Readers are invited to honestly reflect on their communication skills, their ability to express respect, and their acceptance of feedback from others. Rich case examples illustrate interactions, problem solving approaches, and progress monitoring techniques that coaches and partners can choose from and implement. The authors acknowledge that developing a collaborative relationship takes time and dedication. They offer practical suggestions and accommodations so that partners who come together with a coach feel supported in their daily work and can effectively respond to child- and program-specific needs.

As early intervention programs and school districts increasingly seek coaching teams to facilitate inclusive early care and education, they face real-life logistics and rapid changes in the use of technology. The authors provide honest discussions and reflections on the benefits and challenges of virtual communication, meetings, resource sharing, and progress monitoring. Readers will be able to apply tips and reflections to their daily work; they will know how to assure that all team members are included and supported throughout the coaching journey. I hope that this text will invite instructors to offer trans-disciplinary courses and practicums for their pre-service professionals. The book is also well suited for in-service professionals who need to effectively respond to the increasing demands for consultative coaching. This book offers co-learning opportunities for coaches and partners so that they may become co-pilots in providing inclusive early care and education."
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More than 25 practical downloads, including:
Agreement for Coaching Services
Data Collection Sheet for Engagement
Data Collection Form for Positive Reinforcement
Action Plan
Curriculum Planning Matrix
Consultation Evaluation Appendix
Assessing the Success of Coaching Partnership
Self‐Assessment of Communication Skills
Coaching Session: Sample Log
Chapter‐Aligned PowerPoints