Early Childhood Intervention and Rehabilitation Services Collections


The DSHS Library is home to two special collections focused on individuals with disabilities. They are the HHSC - Early Childhood Intervention collection and the Texas Workforce Commission Vocation Rehabilitation Services collection. 

The Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) collection includes videos, books, assessment instruments, audio resources, and journals concerning children who have disabilities or developmental delays. Some of the topics include: child development, intervention strategies, autism, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, infant mental health, etc. Below see the monthly Library Matters publication on ECI topics. For more information about ECI, see Early Childhood Intervention.

ECI Library Matters

ECI Library Matters
December 2018
 November 2018
 October 2018
 September 2018
 August 2018
 July 2018
ParentingChild Care, Inclusion, and Transition
 Down Syndrome ResourcesChild Development and Brain Development Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Speech & Language Development  Medical Diagnosis and Special Populations
 June 2018
 May 2018
 April 2018
 March 2018
 February 2018
 January 2018
 Training, Management, Supervision, and Leadership Resources Behavioral Issues Autism ResourcesSocial and Emotional Development Cultural Competence and Bilingual Language Development  Play and Motor Development



The Rehabilitation Services collection includes videos and books on all aspects of rehabilitation and disabilities. Examples of topics include: disability awareness and rights, assistive technology, ADD and ADHD, brain injury, deafness, blindness, ergonomics, returning to work, sign language, etc.

These materials are available on a free loan basis to residents of the state of Texas for up to 10 business days. Mailing time is automatically added to the two-week loan period.

  • Additional borrowing information
  • Online catalog. Search Tip: To search for ECI/Rehab videos only, select the "Power search". Enter a keyword, subject, or title search in the first entry window. In the next entry window, select the "Word(s)" field and enter the word "video." You can further limit the search by limiting the location to "ECI/Rehabilitation Services". See Tips for Searching Catalog Brochure.

Rehab Library News

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Doing the Right Thing for Children: Eight Qualities of Leadership. Maurice Sykes, 2014. Book. (LB 1775.6 S983d 2014 ECI).
This book provides a framework and a systematic approach to help early childhood professionals become capable, competent, and effective leaders. It presents eight core leadership values: human potential, knowledge, social justice, competence, fun and enjoyment, personal renewal, perseverance, and courage. The author shares personal stories in order to inspire and challenge readers.

The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success. Bonnie Keilty, 2016. (LC 4019.3 K27 2016 ECI).
This book focuses on how families and professionals can collaborate effectively so that infants and toddlers learn, grow, and thrive. It addresses child learning and development, family functioning and priorities, early intervention as a support, and planning what comes after early intervention.

Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence. Robin Karr-Morse, 2013. Book. (WA 320 K18g 2013 ECI) 
This book demonstrates the poisonous effect that neglect, abuse, trauma, injury, and toxicity have in the first thirty-three months of life. Through the use of case histories of "children who kill" and the latest research on brain development, we are made aware of how infancy is the stage during which the foundations for trust, empathy, conscience, and lifelong learning and thinking are laid down, or during which a predisposition to violent behavior is "hardwired" into the brain.  

A Great Place to Work: Creating a Healthy Organizational Climate. Paula Jorde Bloom, 2016. (LB 1775.6 B665g 2016 ECI).
This book helps directors of early childhood programs define more precisely how ten dimensions of a center shape the quality of work life for staff. It helps director’s evaluate their program in terms of collegiality, opportunities for professional growth, supervisor support, clarity, reward system, decision making, goal consensus, task orientation, physical setting, and innovation.

Infant Mental Health Home Visiting: Supporting Competencies Reducing Risks. 2015. CD-Rom. (CR0045)
This manual for Early Attachments: IMH Home Visiting is a 399 page document in PDF format. These guidelines have been written by Deborah Weatherson and Betty Tableman and are designed to serve as the operational manual for Early Attachments: IMH Home Visiting Certification Process and Program Operation Standards. The following is included in the manual: overview; organization and management; identification, referral, and enrollment; arrangements for relationship-focused home visiting; assessment and service planning; relationship-focused intervention strategies to promote attachment; termination or transfer or services; examples of infant-parent psychotherapy; understanding the family; circumstances impeding the parent-infant/toddler relationsip; serving the infant/toddler who is abused/neglected; and infant mental health home visitor.

Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers: A Curriculum of Respectful, Responsive, Relationship-Based Care and Education. Janet Gonzalez-Mena, 2015. (LB 1139 G643 2015 ECI).
This book is an introduction to care and education in the first three years of life, featuring a respectful, cohesive approach. It provides practical information based on theoretical and research foundations. Chapters focus on the caregiver, the child, and the program.

Leadership in Action: How Effective Directors Get Things Done. Paula Jorde Bloom, 2014. (LB 1775.6 B665 2014 ECI).
This book helps early childhood directors understand the subtle but important distinction between leadership as a role and leadership as a set of skills and competencies that can be supported and nurtured at all levels of the organization. The book is filled with practical suggestions and lively examples.

Leo Learns by Doing. 17 min. 2009. DVD. (DD0817)
Leo, a toddler who is blind, and his parents visit with an early intervention professional who shares step-by-step techniques to help Leo develop and strengthen his nonvisual senses and skills. She shows his parents how to provide optimistic feedback to Leo and help him interact with his surroundings.

Making Sense of Play. 130 min. 2009. (DD0789)
In this lecture, Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D. defines play and explains why play is so important for the development of the brain. He explores the implications for educators and parents and offers advice on supporting play.

Q & A Ethical Behavior. 14 min. 2009. DVD. (DD0793)
What is ethical behavior and does it really matter in today’s workplace? Can unethical behavior affect the performance of a business? In answering some common questions about ethics, Eve Ash and Peter Quarry tackle this sometimes sensitive subject with clarity and precision.

Single Parenting: The Family in Harmony: Volume 1 Creating a Healthy Life for Yourself. 29 min. 2008. DVD(DD0815)
This DVD shows single parents how to prioritize the needs of their children while still maintaining their own health, interests, and activities.

Single Parenting: The Family in Harmony: Volume 2 Creating a Healthy Life for Your Child. 29 min. 2008. DVD (DD816)
This DVD provides strategies for single parents to meet the varying needs and unique challenges of their children from birth to adolescence.

Softening: Loving a Child with Special Needs. 39 min. 2012. DVD. (DD0818)
Filmmaker Kelly O’Brien speaks honestly about her struggle to cope for the first five years following the birth of her son Teddy, born with extensive brain damage resulting from an in-utero viral infection. The rewards as well as the challenges of caring for him are evident in this cinematic diary O’Brien created to celebrate her son’s inherent beauty and the joy he brings to his family’s life. This program is also available on Films on Demand.

Stories from Our Hearts: Child Behavior and Mental Health (Eng/Span). 17 min. 2011. DVD(DD808)
Four families narrate their experiences with early intervention. Yvette and her son receive services for his autism. Paulina gives birth to her daughter but has difficulty developing an attachment with her. Mirna takes her daughter for speech services, behavioral, and family therapy. Some of these segments are presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Stories from Our Hearts: Maternal Mental Health Abuse and Domestic Violence (Eng/Span). 2011. 17 min. DVD. (DD0806)
Four families narrate their experiences with domestic violence and the mental health of mothers and children. Carol suffered from bipolar disorder since she was a child and abused drugs and alcohol. She sought help from the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health when her son was having mental health issues. Anna is a mother who seeks help from California's Project ABC for her feelings of depression and anger. Juana, a survivor of childhood abuse, has a child with autism. She gets help from a therapist and early childhood intervention. Linely leaves an abusive relationship but then her son starts having behavioral problems. She receives help from Project ABC. Three of these segments are in Spanish with English subtitles.

Stories from our Hearts: Special Health Issues (Eng/Span). 18 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0807)
Viewers meet four families who share the circumstances that led them to seek services on behalf of their children and themselves. Some of these short documentaries are presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Stories from Our Hearts: Teen Parenting and Grandparent Custody (Eng/Span). 17 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0805)
Families narrate their experiences with teen parenting and grandparent custody. Nineteen-year-old Miguel and his family receive help from organizations like California's Project ABC. Adeline is a grandmother who assumes custody of her young grandsons after the children's parents become addicted to drugs. Gerarda, a grandmother with custody of her grandsons, learns how to improve communication with the children’s mother. An older mother discusses the hope and help she received from an early intervention program.

Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with Bipolar Disorder.  George T.Lynn. 2006. Book. (WM 207 L989 2006 ECI)
This book offers advice on recognizing the symptoms of bipolar disorder in children. It describes medication, how to access support at school, and how to deal with difficult situations. The book includes case-studies to show how bipolar disorder differs from ADHD, Tourette syndrome and Asperger's syndrome.

The Way I See It. 556 min. 2013. Audio CD. (CA0045)
This book on compact disc by an author who has autism herself explains how to relate to people with autism.  It explains how and why people with autism think differently.  It discusses early intervention programs that work.  It talks about sensory sensitivities and which behaviors are caused by a disability.  It gives employment ideas for adults with autism and much more.

What to Expect the First Year. Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff, 2014. (WS 105.5 C3 M977 2014 ECI).
This guide offers a multitude of practical information for new parents. It covers monthly growth and development, feeding tips, sleep strategies, ways to stimulate your baby, and more.

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism. 540 min. 2015. Audio CD (CA0044)
Autism therapy typically focuses on ridding individuals of symptoms of autism such as difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. Dr. Barry M. Prizant offers a compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies 

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Last updated January 14, 2019