Home visit notes aren’t something I’ve put a lot of thought into. Some states require home visitors to use a format that's too child focused. Here are some guidelines I’ve given.
- Organize your note either by routine, discussing the different outcomes you addressed for implementation during that routine, or by outcome, discussing the different routines in which that outcome is addressed. Organizing by routines tends to provide a more integrated approach to intervention.
- Discuss what you did with the family and how the family responded (e.g., they thought it was feasible and decided to try doing this or, during the coming week, they want to decide on the best way of teaching the child).
- Include progress towards the measurable criteria set for this outcome. If using GAS, give the rating.
- Be descriptive and respectful; avoid reading minds, psychopathologizing, or being judgmental.