Friday, October 9, 2015

Routines-Based Most Frequently Named Model

Routines-Based Model is the most frequently named model in states’ improvement strategies

Using 2013 data, the ECTA Center identified “routines-based intervention” as the most frequently named model. Although this might have included other models, such as Family-Guided Routines-Based Intervention, it is also likely it referred to the Routines-Based Model, which is often erroneously called the RBI model. In the Routines-Based Model, the RBI is actually the Routines-Based Interview, only one of 17 components of the model. These data were reported in the Part C State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report 2015 Indicator Analyses (U.S. Department of Education, 2015).

States wishing to pursue the Routines-Based Model as an improvement strategy should contact Many levels of technical assistance are available, from presentations, through implementation planning, to ongoing coaching and technical assistance. One hundred certified RBI trainers are available to help, as well as experts on other components of the model. Currently, I personally am doing much of the consulting.

The model addresses three broad areas of service delivery: assessment and intervention planning, providing supports to children primarily through their families and teachers, and running classroom programs. Assessment and intervention planning include[1] the RBI, ecomaps, and participation-based and family outcomes/goals. Support provision includes the primary service provider approach or integrated therapy, family consultation (akin to coaching), and collaborative consultation to child care. Classroom management includes a focus on child engagement, systems change to fix the “hours and places” problem, and incidental teaching. See more at and

[1] “Include” of course means this list is not exhaustive.