Coaching Caregivers in Early Intervention – SLP

Mark Strait

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ASHA Course Number: ACEF0439
Course Credits: 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)
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Illinois Early Intervention Credit #12981
1.0 hour – Intervention; 1.0 hour – Working with Families

Participants will learn and practice strategies for enhancing parent competence and confidence in Infant-Toddler Early Intervention settings. Principles of adult learning will be reviewed, and application of coaching strategies will be introduced. Video analysis and reflection tools will be used for application of concepts to practice.

Patty Miller, OTR/L

Patty Miller, OTR/L, is a certified and licensed occupational therapist with over 20 years’ experience in pediatric practice. Patty has worked in school settings, outpatient clinics, and now specializes in early intervention, where she provides staff support and training as well as direct service. She has extensive experience working with young children and their families in the natural environment. Patty has participated in the coaching process as both a coach and coachee. Patty has facilitated workshops and trainings of therapists, special educators, and medical residents on the topic of coaching caregivers.

Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Patty has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Patty has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Learner Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify at least 3 reasons for using coaching to increasing caregiver competence and participation in early intervention sessions.
  2. Identify and at least 3 coaching strategies for increasing caregiver learning and competence in intervention with children 0-3 years.
  3. Utilize tools for self-reflection to assess their coaching relationships.
  4. Access resources for additional support and ongoing learning.


  • 20 minutes: Rationale for coaching and definition of coaching
  • 10 minutes: Essentials of coaching
  • 10 minutes: Video analysis
  • 15 minutes: The role of adult learning in coaching
  • 20 minutes: The coaching process
  • 10 minutes: Video analysis
  • 10 minutes: Qualities of an effective coach
  • 10 minutes: Structuring a coaching session using the SS-OO-PP-RR
  • 5 minutes: Video analysis
  • 10 minutes: Reflection tools
  • 10 minutes: Course exam and review