Dissertation Defenses

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Name: Antonela Ciupe

Title:  Examining Caregivers’ Independence in Early Intervention Home Visit Sessions

Committee Chair:  Dr. Christine Salisbury

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Time:  10:30am – 12:30pm

Location:  Room 3312, ETMSW Building, 1040 W. Harrison St.


Federal special education policy requires that early intervention providers focus on building the capacity of caregivers to support their child’s learning and development.  Although coaching is considered a primary mechanism for enhancing caregiver capacity in home-based early intervention sessions (Friedman, Woods, & Salisbury, 2012; Rush & Shelden, 2011), little is known about its potential for helping caregivers to independently use development-enhancing behaviors (teaching, responsiveness, encouragement and affection) associated with positive child outcomes. Data from a multiple baseline study collected through an IES Goal 2 intervention development study (Woods, Salisbury, & Snyder, 2013) were used to examine how a delineated coaching process affected the ability of caregivers to take the lead in promoting their child’s learning in the context of daily activities. Results revealed that all four caregivers increased their initiations of three of four development promoting behaviors: teaching, responsiveness and encouragement. Limitations and implications for practice and future research will be discussed.