Coaching Families is a training module designed to support service providers in delivering evidence-based practices. This two-hour module revisits key information fundamental to the coaching approach for service delivery, providing you with the opportunity to observe each component through video demonstrations. You will be able to utilize a coaching fidelity checklist in realistic scenarios through guided practice activities.

Accessible (text) version of module (MS Word)

Features of the module:

  • Videos of service providers infused throughout to demonstrate the coaching approach
  • Opportunity for growth for both new and experienced staff
  • Practice activities to apply knowledge in realistic scenarios
  • Individualized, learner-guided experience

Technical Assistance Tools: Materials and Resources

Follow-Up Support

After completing the module, access the ongoing follow-up support below.

Coaching Families: Ongoing Support

Ongoing support helps you in your role as a service provider as you apply new skills using the coaching framework.

You will be provided with ongoing follow-up at three months, six months, nine months, and one year after completion of the initial training to continually support you as you incorporate the knowledge, skills, and strategies gained from completing the module. Resource tools may include current literature, checklists, forms specifically developed to assist in implementation, webinars, etc.

3 Month Follow-Up Support

Review the learning objectives below. For each learning objective, there is an associated continuing education opportunity.

Coaching Learning Objectives Resource Activity

Identify the fundamentals of the five components of coaching

Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center: Coaching a Family During an Early Intervention Visit. This video is an example of joint planning. The early intervention provider has the mom reflect on what has happened related to the joint plan since the last visit, and then they plan for that day’s session.

After watching the video, select the link to read 6 Key Ideas for Joint Planning with Parents. What are 2-3 strategies you will embed into the joint planning you do with families during a visit?

Create a plan incorporating the coaching approach with fidelity into the services you provide

The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook: Sample Coaching Explanation for Parents. M’Lisa Shelden and Dathan Rush developed an example of how you might explain the coaching approach to families.

Based on the information from the Sample Coaching Explanation for Parents, develop a script to assist you in explaining the coaching approach to families. With a peer or supervisor, practice using your script.

Evaluate service delivery using the Texas ECI Coaching Checklist

CASEinPoint: Evidence-Based Definition of Coaching Practices. This electronic publication was written by Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden. These early intervention experts explain the background and describe the operational definition of coaching practices by breaking down and defining each component of coaching.

Review pages 3-4 of the CASEinPoint, starting with the section explaining the operational definition of coaching practices. Using the Texas ECI Coaching Checklist, observe a peer using the coaching approach. Write down three strengths you observed and how you will incorporate those strengths into your services.

6 Month Follow-Up Support

Review the learning objectives below. For each learning objective, there is an associated continuing education opportunity.

Coaching Learning Objectives Resource Activity

Identify the fundamentals of the five components of coaching

Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center: Coaching in Action. In this video, joint planning has already occurred and the provider lets the mom know she is going to model a strategy for her.

Complete the Texas ECI Coaching Checklist, to determine if all of the components occurred. Once completed, compare your answers to the answer key.

Create a plan incorporating the coaching approach with fidelity into the services you provide

CASEinPoint: Common Misperceptions about Coaching in Early Intervention. This electronic publication was written by Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden. These early intervention experts discuss the most common misperceptions about the use of the coaching approach.

Before reading the publication, think about what concerns, if any, you have about fully implementing all components of the coaching approach.

After reading the publication, what questions or concerns remain, if any? Take time to discuss these questions with your supervisor.

Evaluate service delivery using the Texas ECI Coaching Checklist

Kansas In-service Training System: Using Primary Service Provider and Coaching in Early Intervention Programs. This document takes you through a scenario where the family used to receive hands-on therapy completed by a therapist, and the new service provider will use the coaching approach.

Think of a visit where your services might reflect the hands-on therapy approach. Ask your supervisor or peer to observe this visit using the Texas ECI Coaching Checklist. After the visit, discuss the strategies you could use to provide services using the coaching approach as it was intended.