EIEIO and the Routines-Based Model
The EIEIO is the academic and administrative home of the Routines-Based Model (RBM) of Early Intervention for children birth to 5 years with disabilities and their families. The EIEIO combines the efforts of researchers, trainers, and practitioners to conduct research and provide technical assistance to programs, states, and national programs.
What is the Routines-Based Model?
Over the past 30 years, McWilliam has developed the Routines-Based Model for working with young children with disabilities and their families. The whole model consists of components organized by (a) intervention planning, (b) providing supports (i.e., consultative service delivery), and (c) the Engagement Classroom Model. The video on the right shows Robin McWilliam discussing the model.
Training and Fidelity
How do professionals get trained in the model and know they have reached fidelity? Professionals can be trained in three ways:
Consultative Service Delivery
How to conduct home- and community-based early intervention 0-5.
Support- and Routines-Based Home Visits:
How to conduct home visits focused on building the family’s capacity, through family consultation—a joint-problem-solving method of working with the family—similar to coaching.
Collaborative Consultation to Child Care (CC2CC) and Preschool:
How to make visits to the child’s classroom program, focused on building the teachers’ capacity through collaborative consultation, which is like coaching.
Engagement Classroom Model
How to organize and manage a classroom to promote engagement, independence, and social relationships.
How to interview the family and the teacher, so the family can choose functional goals and family goals. Includes the ecomap and participation-based goals.
How to teach children by getting them engaged, following their lead, eliciting more sophisticated forms of their behavior, and ensuring the interaction was reinforcing.
How to provide specialized services in the classroom to build teachers’ capacity to use interventions throughout daily routines.
How to use warm and fuzzy interactions with children to promote their engagement.
Zone Defense Schedule:
How to arrange the space, organize adults, and manage transitions to promote child engagement.
Reggio Emilia Concepts:
How to incorporate ideas from Reggio Emilia to make rooms aesthetically pleasing, activities based on projects, and children comfortable with art.