Cohort 3 Model Demonstration Projects
The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
Center on Everyday Child Language Learning
The Center on Everyday Child Language Learning implemented assessment and intervention procedures and materials based on a model that uses everyday informal learning opportunities to promote the skills of children with communication and language delays and difficulties. The approach and materials were designed to supplement formal early childhood language intervention strategies in everyday family, classroom, and community activities.
The Center on Everyday Child Language Learning materials were designed for practitioners to promote parents’ adoption and use of the assessment and intervention strategies or for practitioners to directly implement the practices with children. The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute partnered with three demonstration sites that offered different types of early intervention, preschool, and therapy programs.
Features of the model included the following:
Assessment and intervention that encompassed methods for identifying children’s interests, methods for identifying everyday activities that were best suited for learning communication and language skills, procedures for increasing child participation in interest-based everyday activities, and instructional practices for supporting and strengthening child communication and language competence in the contexts of activities
An approach that fit and was easy to implement within existing programs, organizations, and structures without compromising the integrity and treatment fidelity of the procedures
A set of practitioner capacity-building checklists for supporting and strengthening practitioner and parent competence and confidence using the model practices
Professional development procedures guided by a framework that used capacity-building and transfer-of-expertise strategies for strengthening practitioners’ abilities to enhance the capacity of parents and colleagues to use the assessment and intervention methods and procedures.