The Principles of Early Intervention are the foundation for all early intervention activities in Illinois. All early interventionists in Illinois should adhere to these principles as they serve children and families. Early Interventionists may want to reflect on what each principle means to them and what it looks like in practice. This activity can be done individually or with peers and families. The Principles of Early Intervention can be found in the beginning of the Illinois Early Intervention Provider Handbook (pdf).
Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments
TA Community of Practice- Part C Settings, supported by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), has developed the following resources pertaining to key principles in early intervention:
- Seven Key Principles: Looks Like/Doesn't Look Like (pdf) is a document that elaborates on the 7 key principles identified by work group members, listing the concepts underlying the brief statements. Each principle also has descriptive statements illustrating what the principle should "look like" in practice. There are also descriptions of what it "doesn't look like" because too often those practices are still being used.
The Divison of Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices were developed to provide guidance to practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve the learning outcomes and promote the development of young children, birth through age 5, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities. The purpose is to help bridge the gap between research and practice by highlighting those practices that have been shown to result in better outcomes for young children with disabilities, their families, and the personnel who serve them.