How to Engage Children Who Are Difficult to Engage

The professionals at the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) have developed a resource for early learning personnel to support engagement of young children in classrooms; however, many of the tips they share can be modified for use in an infant or toddler’s natural environment. Some of the tips may even be useful to families to keep their child engaged in activities like mealtime or reading books before bed. You can access the resource at the following link:

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):
    • CK2: The role of primary social and emotional relationships as the foundation for early learning.
    • CK5: The importance of play as context, method, and outcome of learning.
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Development and Review (IFSP-DR):
    • IFSP-DR5 (EIA): Has basic knowledge of intervention strategies used in everyday routines, relationships, activities, places and partnerships.
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Implementation (IFSP-i):
    • IFSP-i3 (EIS): Knows generic and specific evidence-based early intervention strategies to support all areas of development.
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