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Evidence-Based Practices in Social-Emotional Development

On this page, you can find evidence-based resources and practices focused on social-emotional development for early intervention professionals.

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) released a Position Statement on Challenging Behavior and Young Children in July 2017.

The paper (posted above for easy reference) defines challenging behavior as “any repeated pattern of behavior . . . that interferes with or is at risk of interfering with the child’s optimal learning or engagement in pro-social interactions with peers and adults (Smith & Fox, 2003, p. 6).” It goes on to provide “a rationale for promoting social-emotional competence” as a means of addressing challenging behavior, focusing on family-centered practices and away from punishment and negative responses; building on strengths; and “culturally sustaining, equitable, and collaborative practices.” The paper describes a comprehensive approach to screening and assessment and multi-tiered, evidence-based strategies for support. It includes and extensive list of references for those who would like to explore these topics more in depth.

The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and role-specific competencies needed for early intervention service provision, incorporating current research and evidence in the field of early intervention. To access the ESPM, click here.

This resource is related to the following ESPM knowledge-level competencies:

  • Core Knowledge (CK):
    • CK1: The dynamics of family systems including cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic factors influencing family function and care for all children
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Development and Review (IFSP-DR):
    • IFSP-DR6 (EIS): Understands when there is the need for other professionals in specific disciplines to provide services to address IFSP outcome.
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Development and Review (IFSP-i):
    • IFSP-i3 (EIA): Is familiar with generic and specific evidence-based early intervention strategies to support all areas of development.
    • IFSP-i7 (EIS): Understand roles of various disciplines and models of teamwork and collaboration that integrate strategies from multiple disciplines.
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Early Start Online Skill Base Course on Social and Emotional Development

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The Early Start Online Skill Base course on Facilitating Social and Emotional Development is now available in an unfacilitated, open access format... no assignments, no discussion forums, just presentations! To register for the Open Access course, click here.

Facilitated Course Registration

The Early Start Online Skill Base course on Facilitating Social and Emotional Development is also available in the fully facilitated format. If you need a certificate of completion or CEUs, this is the format for you! To register for the traditional Early Start Online format of the course, click here.