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Role of early intervention providers in providing family support

Providing family/child supports and services within natural environments requires a shift in perspective for many early intervention provides who were prepared to provide “hands-on” sessions with individual children. Too often, early intervention providers focus on helping a child acquire discrete skills such as learning to say specific words, handle puzzle pieces with a mature grip, or balance on a bolster, and assume parents will help their child generalize these skills in daily activities. By focusing solely on helping a child develop specific skills in a one-one session, early intervention providers miss critical opportunities to support family members in finding ways to ensure that their child participates in the everyday “places and spaces” where these skills should be practiced and mastered. Provider directed “sessions”, whether at home or in a center-based program, demonstrate what a child can do in a one-to-one situation rather than how she or he participates in everyday actions and interactions that are at the heart of family and community life (Hanft & Pilkington, 2000).

When early intervention providers offer family/child supports and services, they:

  1. Ask about, discuss, listen and watch for family interests, routines, activities, and strengths so that they can assist family members in identifying and using planned and spontaneous learning opportunities in meaningful settings and routines.
  2. Identify, adapt, craft, and figure out how these learning opportunities can promote a child’s new or emerging skills in multiple areas of development so that a child can participate in, and enjoy, family and community life.
  3. Read about, reflect on, and use evidence-based practices within a provider’s profession, as well as in child development, early learning, and family-centered care so that supports for families can be individualized, flexible, and helpful from the family’s perspective.



Video Clips:

The video clips are available in Windows Media Player format and Quicktime format. In order to view the clips you must have either Windows Media Player or Quicktime installed on your machine. To download the programs, click on the icon next to the program's title.

Windows Media Player


To View the video clips:

1. Choose the speed at which you can view the file. If you have a dial-up modem, then you should choose the low-speed file name. If you have a DSL or Cable Modem then you should choose the high-speed file name.

2. The video will open in the video program. (Windows Media Player or Quicktime)


Videos Below:

Review a video clip from Just Being Kids about early intervention supports/services for Evan. The video illustrates how a mother and father, Michelle and Bob, and their early intervention provider, Renee, a speech-language pathologist, view family/child supports and services for Evan.

1. Parents’ perspectives about early intervention supports/services

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QuickTime (mov)

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2. Comments from a speech-language pathologist about her early intervention role

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