The Art and Practice of Home Visiting, Second Edition
Early Childhood
Now reframed as a textbook for a new generation of home visitors, this exciting second edition includes student‐friendly features, downloadable course companion materials, and fresh content on timely topics to help all home visitors master the art and practice of effective home visiting with today's diverse families.
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2022 264
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For more than a decade, The Art and Practice of Home Visiting has been a go‐to guide for effective, culturally sensitive home visits with young children and families. Now reframed as a textbook for a new generation of home visitors, this second edition includes student‐friendly features, downloadable course companion materials, and fresh content on timely topics.

Presenting a collaborative, family‐centered approach to home visiting, Cook and Sparks prepare preservice professionals to form respectful and productive partnerships with caregivers and help each unique family reach their specific goals. Future home visitors will get practical, in‐depth guidance on all the complex issues they'll face in their work with families and children, including implementing evidence‐based practice; providing trauma‐informed care; and addressing challenges with sleep, feeding, and behavior.

A foundational text for future professionals—and an ideal source of wisdom and guidance for in‐service practitioners—this book will help all home visitors master the art and practice of effective home visiting with today's diverse families.

  • New student-friendly features: Learning Outcomes and Read‐Reflect‐Discuss Questions in each chapter, case studies, chapter summaries, and a glossary
  • Expanded focus on all home visitors working with children with and without disabilities
  • New and updated content on critical topics, such as resolving barriers to successful home visits and working with culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse families
  • Expanded table of contents for easy navigation
  • Increased focus on family‐centered home visiting and the home visitor as a collaborative coach and partner for the family
  • A complete package of downloadable companion materials for faculty

ONLINE COMPANION MATERIALS: Faculty members will easily integrate this book into their courses with the online companion materials, including a sample syllabus, test bank, and PowerPoint outlines.

TOPICS COVERED: history of home visiting • collaboration with diverse families • formal and informal assessment • evidence-based intervention • trauma-informed care and the pandemic • the structure of effective home visits • facilitation of caregiver-child relationships • family empowerment • interpreters and translators • cross-cultural conflicts • legal, ethical, and personal safety concerns • common challenges such as sleep, feeding, and behavior • different types of families, including military families, teenage parents, and immigrant families • children with specific disorders, such as autism, Down syndrome, and motor challenges

About the Downloads
About the Authors
About the Contributor
By Kathy Wahl
From a Mother to Her Home Visitors

Section I
Chapter 1: An Overview of Home Visiting
Learning Outcomes
History of Home Visiting
 Eradication of Poverty by Changing Environmental Conditions
 Massive Arrival of Immigrants
 Rapid Transformation of Society
 Early Home Visitors
 Lessons from The Past
Home Visiting Today
 Competencies Needed
 Home Visitors as Coaches
 Remote Home Visiting
Philosophy and Approach to Home Visiting
 Approaches to Home Visiting
  Child Focused
  Family Focused
  Collaborative Team
Evidence-Based Practice
 Critical Needs Positively Impacted by Home Visiting
  Healthy Babies
  Safe Homes and Nurturing Relationships
  Optimal Early Learning and Long-Term Academic Achievement
  Self-Sufficient Parents
Cultural Influences

Chapter 2: Collaborating with Families
Learning Outcomes
Family Reaction to Vulnerability and Crisis
 Increased Stress Levels
 Denial Can Be A Friend
Viewing the Family as a Whole
Understanding Familes as Systems
 Family Structure
 Cultural Orientation
 Individualism Vs Collectivism
 Family Dynamics
  Sensitive Responsiveness
  Family-Orchestrated Child Experiences
  Health and Safety
  Strategies to Engage Fathers
Family Functions
Strategies to Facilitate Family Empowerment
 Developing Empathy
 Achieving Empathy
 Asking Questions
 Listening Attentively and With Reflection
 Avoid Jargon
 Phrase Negative Information Carefully
 Respecting Family Preferences
 Preparing Families for Change
 Focusing on Strengths, Achievements and Desires
 Identifying Strategies That Will Help Families Achieve Desired Outcomes

Section II
Chapter 3: Building Home Visitor:Family Relationships
Learning Outcomes
First Impressions
 Personal Characteristics of The Home Visitor
 Emotional Needs of Both Families and Home Visitors
The Initial Visit
 Hand Cleansing
 Act Like You Are A Guest in The Home
 Blending Cultures
 Getting Down to Business
 Connecting with Siblings
Other Home Visitor Behaviors That Build Relationships
 Be Reliable
 Abandon Your Agenda
 Observe Yourself
Developing A Plan of Intervention with The Family
 Identifying the Family’s Most Important Concerns
 Explain and Summarize All Assessment Results
  Summarize and Prioritize
Assisting the Family with Implementation of The Plan
 Information and Services
  On-Line Information
  Resource Supports
  Social Supports

Chapter 4: Facilitating Parent‐Child Relationships
Learning Outcomes
The Caregiver‐Infant Relationship
 Relationship Terminology
Types of Attachment
 Secure Attachment
 Ambivalent Attachment
 Avoidant Attachment
 Disorganized Attachment
 Interference with Attachment—Parents
 Interference with Attachment—Infants
Parent‐Infant Interactions
 Infant Communication Signals
  Eye Gaze
  Joint Attention
Interactional Patterns of Children with Unique Needs
 What to Consider When Encouraging Caregiver‐Infant Attachment
 Adult‐Adult Dyadic Interactions
 Intervention When Caregiver‐Infant Interaction Signals Are Unique
The Infant Mental Health Model (IMH)
 Carefully Observe the Evidence of Attachment Behaviors
 Establishing Interaction Through Reciprocity
  Serve and Return
  Establishing Attachment Through Feeding
  Establishing Attachment Through Play
Intervention in A Cultural Context
Reflecting on Success as A Home Visitor
 Green Flags of Effective Visits
 Red Flags of Ineffective Visits

Chapter 5: Structure of Home Visitations
Learning Outcomes
Before Home Visiting Begins
 Assessment for Program Planning and Monitoring
  Formal Assessment
  Informal Assessment
 Factors to Be Considered in Interpretation of Assessment
Home Visiting Activities
 Format of Home Visits
  Upon Arrival
  What's New?
  Today's Activities
  Where to Begin?
  Toy Bag or Not?
  Reflect and Plan for The Next Visit
  What's Coming Up?
  Anything Else?
 Elements of A Home Visit
  Upon Arrival
  What's New?
  Today's Activities
  Where to Begin?
  Toy Bag or Not?
  Reflect and Plan for The Next Visit
  What's Coming Up?
  Anything Else?
Approaches to Intervention
 Home Visitor Direct Approach
  Unique Role of Modeling
 The Eight Steps of Modeling
  Applied Behavior Analysis (Aba)
  Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI)
 Home Visitor Indirect Approach
  Family‐Guided Routine Based Intervention
 Points to Keep in Mind
 Problems to Avoid
 Direct Vs Indirect Approaches
 Home Visitors as Coaches
 Parents as Interventionists

Section III
Chapter 6: Specific Family Challenges
Learning Outcomes
Adverse Childhood Experiences
 Trauma Informed Care and the 2020 Pandemic
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources
Parents with Mental Health Challenges
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources
Parents with Cognitive Disabilities
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources
Teenage Parents
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources
Foster and Adoptive Parents
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources
Grandparents In The Role Of Parents
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources
Military Families
 Military Families are Resilient
 Military Family Separations are Difficult and Complicated
 Most Military Parents Were Not Military Children
 Change is Constant
 Peers can Pave the Way for Service Members
 Military Lingo
 Not Everyone in Uniform has Access to the Same Programs
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources
Immigrant And Refugee Families
 Avoiding Communication/Cultural Barriers with Effective Interpreters/Translators
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources

Chapter 7: Responding to Children's Challenges
Learning Outcomes
Primary and Secondary Conditions
Daily Challenges
 Oral‐Motor‐Skill Deficits
 Feeding within the Cultural Context
 Children with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder
 Children on Gastrostomy Tubes
 Need for a Feeding Specialist
 Role of the Home Visitor
  Social Modeling
  Behavioral Treatment
  Make Foods Manageable
  Encourage Children to Use Their Cognitive Skills
 Potential Resources
 Sleep Routines within the Cultural Context
 Need for Concern about Sleep Disturbances
 Signs of Possible Problems with Sleep
 Role of the Home Visitor
  Establishing a Consistent Bedtime Routine
 Potential Resources
Speech and Language Challenges
 Characteristics of a Possible Language Disorder
 Characteristics of a Possible Articulation Disorder
 Characteristics of a Possible Fluency Disorder
 Role of the Home Visitor
  Taking Turns
  Shared Regard
  Play Games
 Potential Resources
Hearing Challenges
 Types of Hearing Loss
 Role of the Home Visitor
Medically Fragile
 Staying Healthy
 Multiple Challenges
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources
Visual Challenges
 Self‐stimulating Behaviors
 Language Development with Children with Visual Challenges
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources

Chapter 8: Enduring Challenges With Carole Osselear
Learning Outcomes
Common Enduring Challenges
Motor Challenges
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources
Developmental Challenges
 Cultural Differences in Developmental Challenges
 Down Syndrome
 Pointers for Working with Children with Down Syndrome
 Role of the Home Visitor
Autism Spectrum Disorders
 The Autism Spectrum
  Facilitating a Diagnosis
  Responding When Parents Suspect ASD
  Responding When Parents Look for Answers
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
 Symptoms of FASD are Variable
  Intervention Concepts
 Role of the Home Visitor
 Potential Resources

Chapter 9: Personal Concerns of the Home Visitor
Learning Outcomes
Ethical Issues
 Cross-cultural Conflicts
Agency Guidelines
 Home Visitor—Agency or Legal Issues
Boundaries in Family Service
Noncooperative Families
 Making Compromises
 Discontinuing Visits
Personal Safety
Nurturing the Nurturer
Personal Organization

Appendix A: Infant Development from Birth to 3 Years — Heads Up
Appendix B: Infant Development from Birth to 3 Years — The Crawler-Creeper
Appendix C: Infant Development from Birth to 3 Years — The Cruiser
Appendix D: Infant Development from Birth to 3 Years — The Walker
Appendix E: Infant Development from Birth to 3 Years — The Doer
Appendix F: Infant Development from Birth to 3 Years — The Tester
Appendix G: Speech and Language Development of Infants and Young Children
Appendix H: Home Visit Record Form
Appendix I: Toys Cleverly Disguised as Household Items
Appendix J: Guidelines for Referral: Red Flags
Appendix K: Suggested Resources (by Subject)



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Naomi Younggren, Ph.D., Technical Assistant Consultant, Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA)Center - August 20, 2021
"The Art and Practice of Home Visiting, Second Edition is like a cookbook of timely topics with strategies for current and future home visiting practitioners to review, revisit, and reflect upon. Readers can easily visit and revisit topics of immediate need and interest to gain insight, study authentic examples, and learn about related resources. The book includes a valuable glimpse into the groundbreaking work of earlier home visiting pioneers and their foundational commitment to respecting families. Fast forward to today, the science of home visiting is increasingly dynamic and nuanced with multifaceted types of home visiting programs and services, including those delivered via technology. Yet, the commitment to truly valuing families has stood the test of time and is bedrock to the contents of this book."
Cami Stevenson, MS, Multnomah Early Childhood Program - August 19, 2021
"The Art and Practice of Home Visiting, Second Edition is an invaluable resource for professionals who conduct home visits with children and families with special needs. Many therapeutic disciplines (SLP, OT, PT) are educated for clinic‐based therapy where the professional works one‐on‐one with the client. The practical how‐to guide provides home visit providers information missing from the preservice training and education of those in the rehabilitation field. This paperback contains strategies for the first home visit, family/professional relationship‐building, and self‐care for the professional. Also included are descriptions of the wide range of challenges some families face and suggestions of the interventionist's roles. Some general intervention strategies are shared as a starting point for common challenges such as sleep or self‐stimulating behaviors. The Art and Practice of Home Visiting, Second Edition would be a tremendous resource to many agencies conducting home visits such as school districts, public health departments, etc. This edition could be a resource for a book club, a college textbook, and professional development learning using anecdotes, learning outcomes, and read‐reflect‐discuss prompts. The book is generous with tables, appendixes, and other resources for the home visiting professional."
Authors: Ruth E. Cook Ph.D., Shirley N. Sparks M.S., CCC-SLP   Invited Contributor: Carole Ivan Osselear   Foreword Author: Kathy Wahl
This book may be appropriate for courses similar to those listed below:

Infant/Toddler, Family and Program Perspectives in Intervention (ECS 470)

Infants with Disabilities and Home Visiting (SPED 861)

Early Intervention: Curriculum, Methods, and Services (ECHD 466)

Models of Early Intervention & Preschool Special Education (SPE 326)

Early Intervention Service Coordination (ESP 779)

Family Guided Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (EDUU 666)

Family Systems, Support, and Engagement (ECHD 435)

Home Visitor/Parent Engagement (ECED& 138)

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