The following article was written by our very own Kalli Decker and featured on the Early Intervention Strategies for Success Blog! We are very proud of her accomplishments and her continuous support for Early Intervention Services. To read the full article, follow the link below.
How much do I value families’ everyday routines in being able to positively influence children’s development? So very much. Yet… how often

Walk the Walkdo I find myself on a home visit either: 1) only talking with a family about their routines, or 2) engaging with the family in only the routine of play? Too often!

What we know about early interventionists is that they tend to have values that align with current recommended practices about the importance of providing services that focus on families’ everyday routines. However, we also know that even with those values, our services tend to focus heavily on having discussions with families, or when we do participate in routines with them and their children, that routine tends to be play-based.

As the saying goes: ‘It’s easier to talk the talk, than walk the walk.’

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The Self-Reflection Worksheet on Home Visiting can help you to do some self-reflection. Open up the link and take a moment to yourself, or discuss the questions with a trusted colleague.


Kalli DeckerKalli is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education & Child Services at Montana State University where her research focuses on early intervention services. Kalli also works part time as a Family Support Specialist through Family Outreach, a nonprofit agency in Bozeman, Montana. As a Family Support Specialist Kalli provides early intervention through home visiting services for infants and toddlers with delays or disabilities and their families.