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I help administrators, early intervention professionals, parents, and researchers all over the world to assess their needs, develop solutions, and measure success. I do this with discretion, encouragement, and integrity.


I am an experienced researcher, parent, writer, administrator, and early interventionist. I have been a full professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Vanderbilt University (tenured) and currently have an appointment at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I developed the Routines-Based Model for serving young children with disabilities and their families. My CV.


My vision for consulting and coaching is to empower people to do their best for children and families. For parents, it's to help them enjoy being effective with their children. For professionals, it's to help them have fun using recommended practices. For administrators, it's to help them plan strategically and measure success. For researchers, it's to help them design studies and write well.

Recent Blog Posts

July 19, 2016

Perhaps nothing characterizes a family-centered approach to early intervention more than being nonjudgmental.

July 19, 2016

Copy Of -MENTAL SHIFT 5: Passing Judgment on Families Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Perhaps nothing characterizes a family-centered approach to early intervention more than being nonjudgmental.

April 17, 2016

How implementation of the Routines-Based Model is carried out in four stages.

January 27, 2016

Families wantt their children to be able to do things--to participate meaningfully in their everyday routines.

November 21, 2015

we are now in an era when organizations look “to create complete and meaningful experiences”

October 09, 2015

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

September 28, 2015

Moving from a clinical approach to a functional, family-centered approach

September 10, 2015

How do you start thinking about a research project? Remember the triangle!

September 02, 2015

Respite services are notoriously hard to come by. Use the ecomap to help families meet this need.

August 23, 2015

Shifts in thinking have to occur to bring about family-centered, functional services. Attention to what exactly is going on in home visits, in visits to child care programs, and in preschool special ed has been lacking. 

June 17, 2015

Practices in the Routines-Based Model are directly aligned with just over half (53%) of the 2014 DEC Recommended Practices. They are indirectly aligned with a further quarter (26%) of the Recommended Practices.

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