Essential Practices for Quality Services
The Early Intervention Workbook
Early Childhood

This easy-to-use, fillable workbook reveals not only what every EI professional should be doing in their practice, but also how to do it, with practical tips, activities, and strategies they can use to improve their work with children and families right away.

72247 978-1-59857-224-7
2013 232
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Discover the 7 key principles and associated practices for effective early intervention services—and start putting them into action today! This easy-to-use, fillable workbook reveals not only what every EI professional should be doing in their practice, but also how to do it, with practical tips, activities, and strategies they can use to improve their work with children and families right away.

Based on specific recommendations from a workgroup of today's top researchers, this comprehensive resource walks readers through every key step of the early intervention journey with children birth to 3, from the crucial first meeting with a family to the child's transition out of intervention. Perfect for group training sessions or independent study, it's a great workbook to fill in, learn from, and then keep close at hand as a quick and easy reminder of best practices.


  • Identifies and focuses on the best of today's most successful evidence-based intervention approaches
  • Helps professionals deliver high-quality services in natural environments
  • Hard-to-find guidance on actual implementation of best practices
  • Walks readers explicitly through every step of effective early intervention
  • Interactive workbook format makes it easy to learn and reinforce recommended practices
  • Empowers professionals to make positive change happen, on a personal and systemic level

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Sample scripts that model skillful interactions, helpful quick-reference checklists, engaging "Give It a Go" activities, realistic vignettes, and an in-depth family case study that lets readers practice identifying effective and ineffective practices.

Practical guidance on the entire early intervention process!

  • Referral
  • Initial visits with the family
  • Evaluation & assessment
  • IFSP development
  • IFSP implementation
  • Supporting a smooth transition from early intervention

A featured book in our Effective Early Intervention Kit!

Introduction: From Ideas to Publication: Responding to Needs in the Field

I. Getting Started - Foundational Knowledge

  1. The Importance of Early Intervention
  2. Foundational Pillars of Early Intervention
  3. Seven Key Principles: An Overview
II. Agreed Upon Practices in the Early Intervention Process
  1. Beginning the Journey- Referral and Initial Visits
  2. The Importance of Evaluation & Assessment
  3. Developing an IFSP
  4. Moving Forward: IFSP Implementation and Ongoing Intervention
  5. Transition Planning: Leaving Early Intervention
III. Agreed Upon Practices in Action
  1. Identifying Questionable Practices
  2. The Significance of Personal and Organizational Change



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Andy Gomm, Part C Director, New Mexico - July 29, 2013
“Full of practical ideas and examples for new and experienced early intervention professionals!”
Yvonne Donohoe, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Director of Early Childhood - July 29, 2013
“An excellent new resource . . . offers a detailed and thoughtful guide for students and service providers who are seeking to apply the latest research into practice. This is a must read for all in the field!”
Larry Edelman, University of Colorado School of Medicine - July 22, 2013
“A welcome addition to the body of knowledge of effective early intervention . . . provides a structure that practitioners can use to thoughtfully reflect on practices that embody both the mission and evidence base for effective early intervention services.”
Pamela Winton, Senior Scientist and Director of Outreach, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute - July 22, 2013
“This practical, down to earth, research-based text is destined to become the “go to” resource on early intervention practices for faculty, practitioners, administrators and families.”
Kathi Gillaspy, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - July 22, 2013
“A practical, hands-on guide . . . captures the essence of providing early intervention services from referral through transition, while giving specific, concrete examples of the principles and practices throughout.”
Pam Miller, Early Intervention Quality Assurance Specialist, mother of a child with significant disabilities who greatly benefitted from early intervention services - July 22, 2013
“Combines an easy-to-read narrative focusing on the foundations of early intervention with practical examples, application checklists, and reflection activities.”
Dathan Rush, Associate Director of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP), J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center - July 18, 2013
“A text every family and practitioner new to the field of early intervention should read . . . focuses on both the process and practices to ensure high quality supports for infants, toddlers, and their families.”
Sarah Nichols, Early Intervention Consultant, Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois - July 15, 2013
“The perfect balance of family stories, provider perspectives, and reflective activities. There are endless possibilities for how this workbook can be used to support learning opportunities for early interventionists and service coordinators of all levels of experience.”
Cathy Ryba, Regional Liaison, Early ACCESS State Leadership Group - July 9, 2013
“A workbook that practices what it preaches: it guides early intervention providers and service coordinators through family-centered and relationship-based practices in a meaningful, useful, and interesting format. Excellent resource for both new early interventionists and seasoned providers.”
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