The R & R of ECI

07/12/2018 09:30 to 07/12/2018 12:45
Venue: Lotteries House

‘The R & R of ECI’

Relationship-Based and Routines-Based Intervention

Addressing the National Guidelines for ECI


featuring: Dr Gerald Mahoney & Dr Robin McWilliam

This workshop will provide participants with the most up-to-date information to:

  • Understand the importance of parent-child relationships
  • Build the capacity of parents to enhance their children’s development
  • Enhance parents’ ability to engage their child in their natural environment, (including cross-cultural research studies)
  • Focus on practices that enhance parents’ well-being

Based on extensive research, Jerry and Robin will deliver two one-hour presentations from the US (Ohio and Alabama) followed by facilitated case-study discussions.  This half-day workshop is suitable for educators, therapists, in fact anyone working in early childhood and early childhood intervention settings!



Robin McWilliam would rather be a chef than an early interventionist, but the former actually requires skills, and the latter is something he’s worked on for almost 40 years. His metaphorical restaurant is the Routines-Based Model, where the menu consists of well-known dishes such as the Routine-Based Interview, the ecomap, participation-based goals, the primary service provider, Routines-Based Home Visits, and collaborative consultation to children’s classrooms (CC2CC). For dessert, he has the Engagement Classroom Model, which is a method for running inclusive classrooms. McWilliam’s dishes are being served in Australia, Canada, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, and the U.S. When not cooking up new checklists, McWilliam is a professor and department chair of special education at The University of Alabama, where he founded and directs the Evidence-based International Early Intervention Office ( Previously, McWilliam has worked at Vanderbilt University and the University of North Carolina.

Gerald Mahoney, PhD. is a faculty member of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He received his doctoral degree from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in mental retardation research. From 1991 through 2001, Dr. Mahoney was the director of the Family Child Learning Center, an early intervention research and training center sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Akron.  He has published numerous studies on parent influences on the development of children at-risk or with disabilities, as well as on the application of research findings from the parent-child literature to early intervention practice.  Dr. Mahoney is the co-developer of the Responsive Teaching Curriculum, a relationship based developmental intervention.  He is currently conducting clinical intervention research projects focused on evaluating the effectiveness of Responsive Teaching with various populations of children and families, including children with autism, Down syndrome and other conditions associated with early developmental delays.

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