The Effects of Online Decision Making Support for Home Visitors Using an RTI Approach to Promoting the Language Development of At-Risk Infants and Toddlers
Children who lack key early language and literacy experiences prior to kindergarten face significant challenges learning to read. Because of impoverished early language experiences, many children are not adequately prepared to benefit from the reading instruction they receive when they reach school. Home visitation is a viable model for improving the home language experiences that are known to promote children's growth in language and early communication. However, home visitors face challenges in promoting these outcomes including how to identify children who are on a path toward language delay, and provide the needed supports to parents/caregivers for changing that trajectory. The long-term goal of this research is to reduce the number of children who are not ready for school because of delays and disabilities in language and early communication skills that have antecedents prior to preschool. The aim of this project is to test the efficacy of a web-based intervention decision support system for home visitors, MOD: Making Online Decisions. This intervention identifies children at risk for early language delay, in a Response to Intervention (RTI) approach, and assists home visitors in the design, delivery and maintenance of a parent-implemented intervention for promoting their child's early language development.
Jay Buzhardt, Ph.D.
Juniper Gardens Children's Project Suite 300
444 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914