Early Intervention Visits

Q/A Program Overview

An Early Interventionist will be coming into my home to work with me and my child. What does that mean?

Early Intervention in the home allows an Early Interventionist (EI) to come in and work with you and your child on the goals that you and the team have chosen for the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). During visits, they will talk with you about the IFSP goals and what is happening with the child or your family and provide specific support for your child’s and family’s goals. They will try to make sure your priorities are the focus of their visits. During visits, the EI may: watch you and your child while you do things you normally do during your day and talk with you about how a goal could be addressed, show you how to help your child learn a skill, talk to you about how you can help your child learn things during the day, problem-solve with you, and talk with you about how your child is growing and learning.

Do I need to be there for the visit?

Yes, you, and other family members that are around your child on a regular basis, are an important part of each visit. You talk with and do things with your child and the EI during the visit. This is a time for you and the EI to talk about activities and ideas that you can do with your child throughout the week to help him/her learn new things.

What if my child is in child care? Can the Early Interventionist see him/her there?

The EI can work with your child at the child care program if this is the best for your family. The EI will share ideas with the childcare provider in order to help him/her work with your child throughout the week. The EI will email notes to you at the end of MTSU Home and Community Based Early Intervention Program Q/A Program Overview each visit. The note will tell you what happened or was discussed during the visit and what you or the EI may do between visits.

How long will the Early Interventionist stay?

Typically, one hour. However, your IFSP may reference a different amount of time.

What kinds of activities can I expect the EI to provide?

Activities are based on the goals from your IFSP and your priorities. The EI will use materials and activities that are in your family’s home and part of your day (such as meal times, playing with siblings, etc.). You and the EI will find ways to use the things you do at home or within the community and have in your home each day to help your child learn new skills.

What if I don’t understand what the EI is doing, or want them to try something else?

Your input is the most important when planning and working with your child. Simply talking with your EI about things you would like to do and the goals on the IFSP will help you both know what things are most important for your family to work on. Communication is key!


Typical Early Intervention Visits

Setting the Stage

  • Gather updates on progress of family goals’ and child goals
  • Review, and modify if needed, intervention opportunities in routines from previous visit
  • Identify session’s goals, strategies, and routines

Observation and Opportunities to Practice

  • Observe child and caregiver during implementation of strategy within routine
  • Use of coaching strategies as caregiver embed strategies within the routine

Problem Solving and Planning

  • Problem solve with caregiver to identify ways to increase opportunities to practice intervention in new or expanded routines
  • Collaborate to determine the function or trigger of a challenging behavior
  • Establish an action plan

Reflecting and Reviewing

  • Reflect on what worked well and what was challenging
  • Complete a joint session summary and complete documentation for the visit
  • Review/confirm potential routines, activities, and settings to target during the next visit 
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