Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2023

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Marci Glessner


Early Intervention, High-Leverage Practices, Coaching, Parents


The purpose of this study was to gather information on Early Intervention (EI) practices and the implementation of the Special Education High Leverage Practices (HLPs) with parents and children ages birth through age two. In the past, EI staff took the lead as they provided a medical model of services where the staff went into the homes of parents and “fixed” problems the child was having, essentially leaving the parent out of the equation (NICHCY, 2022). The programs involved parents, but many of the parents seemed to take a back seat and watch what was going on with their child (NICHCY, 2014, Edwards, 2019). In recent years, EI services have moved toward a family-centered approach where EIs are expected to interact with the child during daily routines but also coach parents during this time. The Council for Exceptional Children CEC (2023) focuses on including the HLPs in current EI practices. This project describes how reflected on my coaching and then used HLPs to better communicate with parents and coached them in implementing interventions into their child’s daily routines. It consisted of creating forms and using a coaching practices checklist to keep track of coaching fidelity. Through this reflection and analysis, I more effectively organized and facilitated meetings with professionals and families, prioritized long- and short-term learning goals, and enhanced coaching through explicit instruction.



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