Pause and Reflect

Pause and Reflect

Your Guide to a Deeper Understanding of Early Intervention Practice

Dana C Childress


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Whether you're a new or experienced early intervention professional, taking time to reflect on your daily work is critical to your success. This one‐of‐a‐kind workbook is designed to help you reflect on what you do, why you do it, and how you can continue to grow your skills to ensure the best outcomes for the families you serve.

Dana Childress, a seasoned practitioner and trainer, gives you a systematic, organized, and efficient way to pause and reflect on your practices, so you can be confident that you're translating the best, most current knowledge into real‐world action every day. Engaging, interactive exercises will help every professional—at any level of experience—examine and enhance their work with young children and families. You'll get reflection prompts, realistic examples, self‐assessments, knowledge checks, action plan templates, and reflective journal pages to fill out as you

  • Review the mission, key principles, and recommended practices of early intervention
  • Work through a detailed guide to conducting effective, balanced EI visits that facilitate learning for both children and caregivers
  • Learn how to gather the most meaningful information from families to individualize intervention and develop service plans
  • Discover ways to manage your workload and avoid burnout through time management strategies, stress management, and ongoing professional development

The practical follow-up to Family‐Centered Early Intervention by Raver and Childress, this book is an essential resource for group professional development sessions, independent study, and preservice courses.

INCLUDES STUDY GUIDE! A free 6‐month book study guide—available for download online—will help you facilitate training sessions aligned with Dunst's evidence‐informed professional development.


Dana C Childress:

Dana C. Childress, Ph.D., has worked in the field of early intervention for almost 20 years as an early childhood special educator, service coordinator, supervisor, professional development consultant and writer. She currently works as part of Virginia's early intervention professional development team developing resources, conducting web-based and in-person training, and managing the content for the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center’s website ( She also writes and manages the Center’s Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog ( Dana's interests include family centered practices, autism spectrum disorders, supporting family implementation of intervention strategies, and finding ways to bridge the research to practice gap through interactive professional development for in-service early intervention practitioners. She regularly presents workshops in VA and has presented at state, national, and international conferences. She currently lives in Chesapeake, VA with her family.