Embedded Interventions

Interventions occur during home and community routines and other times of the child's day that are identified by family members as activities within which they would like support.

  • Embedded interventions occur when, where, and how the routine activities usually occur, as well as with the people who usually take part in the routines.
  • Interventionists partner with families to identify developmental strategies that the family can try with their child between visits.
  • Interventionists collaborate with families to adapt learning opportunities and strategies that promote their child’s participation in activities across family and community settings.

What's the Difference? Comparing Traditional Approaches vs. Embedded Coaching Practices

Embedded Interventions: Reflect on your practices….

How close are you to applying embedded intervention approaches in your work? Consider each practice carefully to see the difference between traditional approaches and embedded intervention approaches.

Traditional ApproachesEmbedded Intervention Approaches
Rely solely on assessment information gathered from tabletop testing and/or general developmental tasks that are known not to generalize well to a child's functioning in everyday life Understand each family's routines and activities, and how the child currently functions during those times, to individualize intervention approaches to the child and his/her family
Identify generic intervention approaches common for all children or children with a specific disability label or developmental characteristic Identify intervention approaches that fit the individual child's learning characteristics (e.g., interests, temperament, strengths, needs) and each family's culture and values
Schedule intervention visits based on professional availability Schedule intervention visits at the time when the routine activities (identified by the family) usually occur, or when the family would like support.
Bring materials into the home for the intervention visit, and then leave with those materials Use materials the family already has available, or bring materials the family can use and keep
Change the way the routine activity usually occurs, including the participants (e.g., ask the parent or siblings to leave the room) and arrangement (e.g., move the activity to another room) Work within the routine activities as they usually occur, including participants and location