Factors That Contributed to Early Intervention Providers’ Use of Caregiver Coaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Crystal S. Williams, Michaelene M. Ostrosky

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Abstract

Caregiver coaching in early intervention (EI) can lead to positive outcomes for young children with delays and disabilities and their families. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some EI providers reported coaching caregivers more frequently. However, EI providers’ use of caregiver coaching is inconsistent, and there is a need for more effective personnel preparation in this area. In this qualitative study we explored EI providers’ beliefs about what factors contributed to their increased use of caregiver coaching during the pandemic. Participants reported two areas that contributed to their use of caregiver coaching: service delivery (e.g., telepractice, role changes, and caregiver expectations for services) and learning opportunities (e.g., personal growth and reflection, educational resources, and collaboration). Implications include the need for policies that allow and promote access to telepractice services and the importance of using a variety of adult learning strategies when delivering in-service and pre-service preparation related to caregiver coaching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • caregiver coaching
  • early intervention
  • personnel preparation
  • professional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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