Title: 'What do EI providers do? A pilot investigating the feasibility and utility of video analysis'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): early communication intervention, coaching, family-centered, natural environment, video-analysis
Learning Objectives:
  1. Evaluate the utility of video analysis in early intervention programs based on the preliminary findings of the reported pilot study.
  2. Classify provider behaviors according to the coding protocol utilized in this pilot study.
  3. Identify challenges to data collection and analysis in service delivery of home-based early intervention.


Early intervention with a focus on the family is currently considered the most appropriate and effective intervention for young children with hearing loss and their caregivers. However, the literature contains inconsistent terminology and lacks operational definitions of which provider behaviors constitute effective family-centered practice. Without these definitions, key elements of strategies can easily be confused by providers resulting in discrepancies between provider perception and reality, and incongruities between practice and intent. In addition, researchers must also find a way to measure the implementation of these techniques. This session features the findings of a pilot study that examined feasibility and utility of video analysis to identify coaching strategies commonly used by early intervention providers serving families of children with hearing loss. The study had two primary goals: assess the feasibility of provider directed data collection via video recording, and describe the frequency and context of strategies employed by providers during early intervention sessions. This pilot study found that video analysis of provider behavior was both feasible and useful in identifying coaching strategies commonly used by early intervention providers serving families of children with hearing loss. Providers were able to use digital recording devices to capture their behaviors on home visits. Subsequent analysis of these data, using a hybrid coding scheme based on current literature, identified the frequency and context of strategies employed by providers during sessions. This method of data collection and analysis appears to be a feasible and useful approach for future studies of early intervention provider behavior. Programs that provide early intervention services might consider adaptation of the operationally-defined provider behaviors, and subsequently develop evaluation tools such as video analysis to evaluate which strategies, in which combination and duration, will optimize caregiver learning and behavior, ultimately improving child learning and development.
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Jenna Voss - POC,Primary Presenter,Author
Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine
     Credentials: MA, CED, LSLS Cert AVEd.
      Jenna Voss, MA, CED, LSLS Cert AVEd., is a National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities fellow pursuing PhD studies in Speech and Hearing Sciences in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Her background, as a teacher of the deaf and early intervention provider, has sparked diverse interests in topics including the health disparity among children and families living in poverty, primary prevention of abuse and neglect for children with disabilities, and provider use of strategies and techniques implemented in family-centered practice. Currently she is investigating how research findings in cognitive psychology might be applied to the field of deaf education to improve the efficiency of learning and instruction of pre-service teachers.

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