Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes

Read the latest on COVID-19 and Tele-Intervention and Distance Learning, and review recent webinars on these topics!

Service Delivery through Tele-Intervention and Distance Learning


Integrating Technology

Using the SS-OO-PP-RR: Guiding Home Visiting during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this video, Juliann Woods, Jenny Seuntjens, and Larry Edelman discuss the use of the SS-OO-PP-RR framework for guiding home visits, whether in-person or delivered through video conferencing. They also discuss general considerations when delivering home visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Supporting Families During the Pandemic: Four Therapists Share Their Wisdom

In this video, four early intervention practitioners from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Ohio) share their experiences and advice about using video conferencing to deliver home visits.

A companion viewer's guide provides space for a provider to take notes on the discussion and reflect on the content's application to their own work.


Distance Mentorship Facilitator's Guide: Using Technology to Provide Consultation for Teams Supporting Learners with Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Providing step-by-step support and recommended guidelines for TA providers and other consultants, this resource supports school-based teams serving learners with deaf-blindness. It includes methods of providing distance consultation. Although developed for school-based teams, many of the strategies are relevant for teams working with children of any age.


Early Childhood Intervention Tele-Practice

This video from the Family, Infant and Preschool Program shows how you can use tele-intervention during this time of social distancing and includes an overview of system requirements, how to plan a visit, the three parts of a virtual visit, and what conducting an tele-intervention visit looks like in action.

A companion handout on Promoting Interest-Based Child Learning in Natural Settings using a Coaching Interaction Style helps early childhood practitioners build the capacity of a caregiver to promote child learning and development as part of everyday activities, and can be used to facilitate a tele-intervention visit.


A Practical Guide to the Use of Tele-Intervention in Providing Early Intervention Services to Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (NCHAM)

Over the past 8-9 years, NCHAM has been supporting the knowledge base and research to determine the effectiveness of tele-intervention (TI). They believe TI is a useful tool in serving families of children who are Deaf and Hard-of-hearing and applies to the use in promoting communication development. This guide has applicability across early intervention and has great resources on technology, sample consent form etc.

Three Tele-Intervention 101 Learning Courses for different audiences are included:


RPMs: Module 6: Instruction: Voices from the Field: Pam Dawson

In this module, Pam Dawson talks about Tele-Intervention (TI), which is virtual service delivery model. Pam Dawson, M.Ed is the Executive Director of hear ME now. Pam discusses the benefits and challenges of TI and provides strategies for successful implementation.

Early Childhood Recommended Practice Modules (RPMs) are free modules developed for early care and education, early intervention, and early childhood special education faculty and professional development providers. The modules support the implementation of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices.


Tele-Intervention and the Routines-Based Model

Home visits have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, but early interventionists can still provide supports to families. In this short article, Robin McWilliam discusses how the principles of the Routines-Based Model match the demands of distance service delivery, the definition of tele-intervention, the research behind telepractice, how to use telepractice for the Routines-Based Interview, and how to use tele-intervention for home visits.


Use of Technology with Evidence Based Early Intervention

The Ohio Association of County Boards of DD, a grantee of the Ohio DD Council, has produced in partnership with families and practitioners in Ohio, a video series about the use of technology with evidence based early intervention. This eight-video series illustrates how video, video conferencing, and related technologies can improve access to, and the quality of, supports for families as well as better enable teams to practice evidence-based early intervention services.


Video Conferencing 101

This handout from Larry Edelman of University of Colorado provides examples of how video conferencing might be used, general tips regarding technology, environment, and interactions with others, and a series of helpful links.


Preparing Families

Family Guided Routines Based Intervention

Family Guided Routines Based Intervention (FGRBI) and Caregiver Coaching promotes the ability of early intervention providers to coach caregivers to engage their young children in learning as they participate in everyday routines and activities that are meaningful to them.


Providing and Coordinating Early Intervention Services Through the Phone, Tablet, or Computer

The following resources were developed by the ECPC and Uconn UCEDD:

Tips for Providers

These one-page tip sheets includes the components that should be included in a tele-intervention and the similarities between a tele-intervention visit and a home visit, and what to say to families during the COVID-19 pandemic about continuing services using technology.

Tips for Families

These one-page tip sheets can help families better understand how tele-intervention will work in helping to achieve their children's outcomes, and a checklist to help them prepare for a tele-intervention visit by considering appropriate timing, suitable environment and connection requirements. Each is also available in Spanish.