Home-Based Early Intervention Practices

Home-based early intervention (HBEI) practices refer to methods and considerations for providing early intervention (EI) services to children and families affected by or at risk for disabilities in naturalistic and inclusive settings. EI services delivered in the home are often misunderstood and likened to “babysitting.” This entry (a) describes HBEI practices, (b) delineates benefits to HBEI practices, and (c) discusses ethical considerations specific to working in a family’s home.


Recent changes in practice and policy recognize naturalistic settings as the most beneficial and appropriate place to provide EI services. A naturalistic setting is considered any place where the child engages in everyday activities (e.g., home, backyard, local library). Consequently, early interventionists’ approach to service provision has experienced a paradigm shift requiring profound changes in the ...

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