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The Routines-Based Interview: A Method for Gathering Information and Assessing Needs

McWilliam, R. A. PhD; Casey, Amy M. PhD, BCBA; Sims, Jessica MEd

doi: 10.1097/IYC.0b013e3181abe1dd

There are multiple ways to gather information from families receiving early intervention services (J. J. Woods & D. P. Lindeman, 2008). In this article, we discuss a specific strategy for doing this through information-gathering conversations with families. The routines-based interview (RBI; R. A. McWilliam, 1992, 2005a) was developed to meet a number of needs, including information gathering and planning interventions. A set of 6 steps and 10 quality indicators that comprise the RBI are described, as are findings from a preliminary study on RBI implementation. The discussion contains plans for further research and implementation fidelity criteria.

Siskin Children's Institute, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Drs McWilliam and Casey); and University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center, Farmington (Ms Sims).

Corresponding Author: R. A. McWilliam, PhD, Siskin Children's Institute, 1101 Carter St, Chattanooga, TN 37402 (

Funding for this study was provided by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. This work was conducted when all the authors were at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The authors thank Lisa Comer, Jacque Davis, and Sonny McWilliam for data collection or assistance in data collection and the service coordinators and families who participated in the study.

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