A proven model for family-centered intervention in natural environments, routines-based
intervention is the approach thousands of professionals trust to improve the
lives of young children and families. Now there's a definitive guide to this
highly respected, theoretically sound model-straight from the leading authority
on routines-based intervention.
Putting the wisdom and strategies from his popular workshops into book form for the first time, Robin McWilliam gives professionals a detailed framework for early intervention that addresses families' individual needs and helps children participate in daily routines. With the step-by-step guidance on each part of the routines-based intervention model, professionals in Part C programs will reach their key goals during visits to homes and child care settings:
- Fully understand the family environment. Get to know the family by creating a helpful visual depiction of their relationships, supports, and resources.
- Conduct assessment that's truly family-centered. Uncover the whole family's functional needs through an in-depth yet unintimidating interview about daily routines and activities.
- Write high-quality IFSPs and IEPs. Develop clear, specific, measurable goals that directly address the family's priorities and help children develop skills relevant to everyday life.
- Provide coordinated, streamlined services. Implement the primary-service-provider model, so families receive strong, consistent support from one provider.
- Empower families to continue intervention between visits. Coach families on weaving intervention into daily routines, so children have the best chance to learn and retain new skills.
- Support early childhood educators through collaborative consultation, so they have all the tools they need to teach children effectively.
To help readers implement the model successfully and ensure fidelity to its principles, this practical how-to guide gives professionals more than 25 photocopiable checklists and other tools. And the review quizzes at the end of each chapter help make this an ideal textbook for preservice professionals as they prepare to work with children and families.
With this proven model—aligned with DEC Recommended Practices—Part C programs will ensure high-quality services that get right to the heart of each family's needs and improve young children's outcomes.
Table of Contents
About the Author
Section I. Introduction
Advances in Early Intervention
How to Use This Book
Section II. Understanding the Family Ecology
Appendix 3.1: Intake Checklist
Appendix 4.1: Ecomap Checklist
Section III. Needs Assessment and Intervention Planning
Appendix 5.1: Infant/Toddler Assessment Checklist
The Routines-Based Interview
Appendix 6.1 Family Preparation Form
Appendix 6.2: RBI Implementation Checklist
Writing Functional IFSPs and IEPs
Section IV. Model of Service Delivery
Deciding on Services
Appendix 8.1: Service Decision Checklist
Organizing Transdisciplinary Services
Appendix 9.1: Transdisciplinary Service Delivery Checklist
Appendix 9.2: Primary Service Provider Checklist
Appendix 9.3: Consulting Team Member Checklist
Section V. Natural Environment Locations
Support-Based Home Visits
Appendix 10.1: Vanderbilt Home Visit Script (VHVS)
Appendix 10.2: Support-Based Home Visiting Checklist
Collaborative Consultation to Child Care Settings
Appendix 11.1: Consultation Checklist
Section VI. Effecting Change
Implementing the Model: Systems, Service Coordination, Personnel Preparation, and Evaluation
Appendix: Blank Forms
Dr. McWilliam is the Siskin Endowed Chair of Research in Early Childhood Education, Development, and Intervention at Siskin Childrenâ€™s Institute. He is also a professor of education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an adjoint professor of special education at Vanderbilt University. He has formerly been a professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a senior scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and a professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. McWilliamâ€™s research centers on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with and without disabilities, with a specific focus on child engagement, service delivery models, and collaboration with families. He has provided consultation, training, and technical assistance across the United States and in some countries overseas on providing early intervention in natural environments and on the Engagement Classroom Model. His Routines-Based Interview (RBI) is a widely used method of assessing familiesâ€™ needs and developing individualized family service plan (IFSP) outcomes and individualized education program (IEP) goals.