Title: 'Domains of Knowledge in Early Intervention'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): early intervention family sessions philosophy
Learning Objectives:
  1. Acquire a resource that will support early interventionists in their endeavors to improve the services they provide.
  2. Identify how the “Domains of Knowledge” can be used during weekly sessions to support a family on their journey through early intervention.
  3. Employ a process for implementing services, preparing for family sessions, addressing family concerns and reflecting upon delivery of service in accordance with early intervention principles.


Early intervention providers strive to adhere to the guiding principles of early intervention service provision as stated by IDEA. In order to maintain a high level of commitment to the families served, EI providers must reflect on their effectiveness in guiding families toward their chosen outcomes and identifying challenges that may impede progress. This poster highlights both a tool and a process for routinely assessing a family’s needs and the relevance of the services provided. The tool is a series of informational categories, or “Domains of Knowledge,” that include the information necessary for families to learn during their journey through early intervention. Early intervention providers often focus solely on hearing loss and language development, yet families require information in all areas of development in order to best meet their child’s needs. In addition to the “Domains of Knowledge,” this poster presents a process for providers to implement services, prepare for family sessions, address family concerns and reflect upon sessions. Use of these domains and specialized process has shown to increase full and active participation among families served at CID. This method of service provision, based on the current needs of the family, supports the foundational philosophies of early intervention and increases the likelihood of positive outcomes for the family.
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Claire Soete - POC,Primary Presenter,Author
Central Institute for the Deaf
     Credentials: MA.,CED,ECSE
      Claire Soete holds a Master’s Degree in Early Intervention in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. She holds certifications from the Council on the Education of the Deaf (CED) and certification in Early Childhood Special Education, and is credentialed as an early intervention provider in the states of Missouri and Illinois. She has worked in the field of deaf education for 27 years. As a parent educator in the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center at Central Institute for the Deaf, Claire provides home visits for families of children age birth to three in the early intervention program. She coaches and educates parents on issues related to hearing loss, language and speech acquisition, and auditory skill development. She also attends audiology appointments with families, attends and participates in IFSP and transition meetings, provides in-service and instruction at childcare facilities, and supervises student teachers from area graduate programs.

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from Central Institute for the Deaf.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.