Title: 'Five Essential Steps of an EI Session to Maximize Parent Engagement '
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): Parent Coaching; Parent Engagement; Early Intervention; Outcomes; Rapport; Partnerships
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the 5 essential steps of an early intervention session to maximize parent engagement.
  2. Detail how the 5 steps of an early intervention session support adult learning to build a family’s capacity to teach their child.
  3. Detail at least 3 strategies to facilitate parent learning to make the connection from the content and skills learned during the early intervention session to implementing them into everyday interactions with their child.


Engaging and coaching families in EHDI and EI is fundamental to delivering family-centered care. An important goal of early intervention is to build the capacity of family members to promote the child’s communication skills. Yet, most professionals have been trained to provide direct services to children with little emphasis on engaging and coaching parents. Recent research studies suggest a substantial gap between expected practices and actual practices in the delivery of early intervention services, particularly home visits being predominantly child focused rather than facilitating interaction between the parent and child (Campbell & Sawyer, 2007; Hebbeler, Spiker, Morrison, & Mallik, 2008; and Peterson et al. 2007). A recent study by Peterson et al 2007 reported less than 1% of the time in home visit was used to coach and engage the parent. This lively session will describe and demonstrate five essential steps of an early intervention session to maximize parent participation and engagement. Videotape segments will be used to demonstrate each of the 5 practical steps of an EI session. Participants will learn how each of these steps supports the adult learner and facilitates equipping parents to be their child’s primary teacher as part of their every day interactions with their child. When a practitioner purposefully structures early intervention sessions to include these 5 key steps, parents are empowered, partnerships are forged, and child outcomes can be maximized.
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Teresa Caraway - POC,Primary Presenter,Author
Hearing First
     Credentials: PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
      Dr. Teresa Caraway, CEO of the educational endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation to improve outcomes for children and their families through family and professional support and learning. She is the Founder and President of Learning Innovation Associates, and the Founder of Hearts for Hearing. A Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, Dr. Caraway served as the founding President of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and as a founding board member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. She has previously served as a Director of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, and Auditory-Verbal International. She has been recognized by her peers for outstanding clinical skills. A former Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Caraway is an international consultant and skillful workshop presenter on teaching spoken language through listening.

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