Two concepts central to early intervention are the emphasis on natural environments and a naturalistic teaching approach called routines based intervention, also known as activity-based instruction or embedded instruction. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, to the maximum extent appropriate, early Intervention services are to be provided in natural environments, including the home and community settings in which children without developmental delays participate. Daily routines are meaningful contexts for young children to learn new skills because they are predictable, functional, and occur numerous times throughout the day. Families and caregivers involved in these routines can support their child’s learning and development. Early intervention professionals’ work in collaboration with the family through their roles as consultant or coach to share information, resources, and support families in implementing routines based interventions.
Routines Based Interventions is the third in a series of four courses that make up the Foundations for Infant and Toddler Services in Early Intervention. The purpose of this module is to provide guidance to early intervention professionals for the implementation of routines based interventions. Administrators can use this module to support the professional development and performance of early intervention personnel they supervise. The content and resources of this module align with the standards of national organizations for personnel preparation programs and performance indicators related to early childhood outcomes developed by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
The module has three sessions based on established competencies for routines based intervention. Each session contains instructional content delivered through narrated presentations, resource content such as reading materials, videos, and websites, activities to integrate content into practice, and accomplishment of specific competencies through participant evaluation.
- describe effective home visits with naturalistic teaching strategies that can be easily integrated into a family’s routines and activities.
- provide information and support to facilitate caregiver competence in teaching functional skills during daily routines and activities.
- use principles of adult learning theory to support families in their ability to learn to implement routines based interventions.
- describe the importance of routines-based interventions in natural environments.
- identify, with family members, everyday routines and activities as potential settings for intervention.
- design routines based interventions with family members, using evidence-based intervention strategies to promote child development and learning.
- collaboratively monitor child progress in routines based interventions.
- develop documents to convey information regarding the effectiveness of a routines based intervention to the family and other team members.
- modify the routines based interventions and/or IFSP outcomes based on child progress.
This training is intended for early care and education practitioners working with children ages birth – 3 years.