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SOOPR Practices

“Embedded intervention” is the term that describes caregiver use of strategies to support their child’s learning during everyday routines. Each part of SOOPR includes practices providers use during the visit to support caregiver use of embedded intervention and enhance caregiver confidence to support their child’s development and learning. This process involves establishing collaborative partnerships with caregivers as well as including caregivers as decision makers for embedding intervention with their child.   


Setting the Stage (S) 

Setting the Stage practices focus on gathering general and embedded intervention updates from caregivers, sharing information about child development connected to IFSP outcomes, and planning for the current visit. Caregivers and the provider develop a plan for the visit that includes (1) priority child skills identified by caregivers, (2) strategies caregivers will use to support the child to practice the skills, and (3) routines in which caregivers will practice using the strategies. Making a plan with caregivers ensures both caregivers and the provider know which skills, strategies, and routines will be the focus of the visit and makes sure caregivers have opportunities to make decisions about their priorities for the visit. 


Observation (O)   

Observation focuses on what caregivers and their child do during caregiver-identified everyday routines. Observation should occur during a visit before the provider offers feedback or coaching. This allows time for the provider to learn more about what caregivers are currently doing during the routine and how the child is engaged. The provider is then able to apply information from the observation to use coaching strategies matched to caregiver and child strengths.  


Opportunities to Embed (O)

Opportunities to Embed practices focus on providers using caregiver coaching strategies to support caregivers to plan for, use, or examine their use of embedded strategies. The provider uses general and specific coaching strategies matched to caregivers and their child as caregivers embed intervention strategies in a routine.

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Providers support caregivers to reflect and discuss feedback about caregivers’ use of embedded intervention strategies.  


Problem Solving & Reflection (P)

Problem solving and reflection practices focus on providers and caregivers discussing how to enhance supports for embedded intervention. Conversations might focus on any part of embedded intervention. Problem solving and reflection enhances caregivers’ confidence and competence by using their knowledge and experiences to support their use of embedded intervention.   


Review (R)  

Review practices focus on encouraging and engaging caregivers as partners in describing what it will look like when their child is using their priority skills. Review practices also involve making a plan for the embedded intervention that will happen between Early Steps provider visits.  

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