Early Childhood Intervention and Rehabilitation Services Collections


The DSHS Library has two special collections focused on individuals with disabilities. They are the Early Childhood Intervention collection and the 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 is a monthly newsletter highlighting library materials for ECI programs to use based upon selected ECI topics. The table below shows the monthly topics that link to the related newsletters.

ECI Library Matters
December 2020
 November 2020
 October 2021
 September 2021
 August 2021
 July 2021
Parenting and Working with FamiliesChild Care, Inclusion, and Transition
 Down Syndrome ResourcesChild and Brain Development Management, Supervision and Leadership Resources Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Speech and Language Development
 June 2021
 May 2021
 April 2021
 March 2021
 February 2021
 January 2021
 Parents and Their Children Affected by Opioids, Alcohol, and Other DrugsMedical Diagnosis and
Special Populations
 Autism ResourcesSocial Emotional Development and Behavioral Issues Cultural Competence and Bilingual Language Development  Play and Motor Development



ECI Library in a Box program

The ECI Library in a Box program consists of a series of 12 boxes that are shipped from the library directly to a participating ECI program. Any Texas ECI program can register to participate in the ECI Library in a Box program. To register to participate in the ECI Library in a Box program, please email Paul Johnson, HHSC ECI: paul.johnson@hhs.texas.gov.

To learn more about ECI Library in a Box and Library Services, please view the recorded webinar here.

ECI Library Questions? Email avlibrary@dshs.texas.gov


Featured ECI Library Materials

And Yet We Rise. David Borden, 2017. Book. (WS 107.5 B728 2017 ECI)
Meditative, humorous, and raw, this graphic novel dives into the hidden world of care-giving. It explores the beauty and heartbreak with frankness and humanity. If you live long enough, a loved one - or even you - will become disabled, but honest information is rare. This book tackles the hard questions: How do you care for someone who won't get better? How do you deal with the feelings of grief and relief at the same time? This book calls to anyone who knows desperation, loneliness, or sorrow. It packs a powerful message: Not everything must be fixed... and, in fact, even significant disability and death are normal and natural - not to be feared or fought, but embraced as integral parts of the human experience. 

Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, 2nd ed.
2018. Book.(WS 350.8 P4 A846 ECI 2018)
This authoritative resource, now thoroughly revised for DSM-5, has set the standard for the comprehensive assessment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Leading experts demonstrate how to craft a scientifically grounded profile of each child's strengths and difficulties, make a formal diagnosis, and use assessment data to guide individualized intervention in clinical and school settings. Chapters review state-of-the-art instruments and approaches for evaluating specific areas of impairment in ASD and co-occurring emotional and behavioral disorders. Considerations in working with children of different ages are highlighted. With a primary focus on children, several chapters also address assessment of adolescents and adults. 

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs. 4th ed. 2019. Book. (LB 1139.23 C277 2019)
"The fourth edition contains guidelines on the development and evaluation of the health and safety of children in early care and education settings. This guide features 10 chapters of more than 650 standards and dozens of appendixes with valuable supplemental information, forms, and tools.”

Celebrating 50 Years of Child Development Research: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives. 2019. (WS 103 C392 2019 ECI)
This edited volume is based on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Contributors address the three themes of the anniversary symposium -Early Care and Education, Diversity, and Disabilities.

Connecting Through Talk: Nurturing Children's Development with Language. David K Dickinson, 2019. (LB 1139.5 L35 D553 2019 ECI)
This book draws on current research to examine connections between language, social-emotional, and literacy development and profiles effective programs that support this development.

The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-term Effects of Childhood Adversity. 630 min. 2018. Audio CD. (CA0046)
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was already known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego, a boy who had stopped growing after a sexual assault, who galvanized her journey to uncover the connections between toxic stress and lifelong illnesses. The stunning news of Burke Harris's research is just how deeply our bodies can be imprinted by ACEs adverse childhood experiences like abuse, neglect, parental addiction, mental illness, and divorce. Childhood adversity changes our biological systems, and lasts a lifetime. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the fascinating scientific insight and innovative, acclaimed health interventions in The Deepest Well represent vitally important hope for preventing lifelong illness for those we love and for generations to come.

Does Time Heal All?: Exploring Mental Health in the First 3 Years. Miri Keren, 2018. (WS 350 K39 2018 ECI).
This book seeks to debunk the idea that all troubling behaviors arising in early childhood will simply "pass with time," asserting instead that every effort should be made to diagnosis and treat truly abnormal issues early in life, while the baby's brain is still flexible and malleable. Neither a guide nor an ordinary textbook it weaves together complex case and treatment descriptions that focus specifically on the interplay between genetic, biological, psychological, and cultural variables present both in the child and his or her environment.

The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success. Bonnie Keilty, 2016. Book. (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.

Early Childhood Intervention: Working with Families of Young Children with Special Needs. 2018. Book. (LC 4019.3 E12 2018 ECI)
Early childhood is considered a critical but often vulnerable period in a child's development where early identification and intervention can be crucial for improving children's developmental outcomes. Systems and family-centred perspectives are vital to support families and build their capacities to lead normalized lives with improved family quality of life. This book explores the family-centred practices and systems factors which influence families' experiences raising children with complex needs. It also considers the ways in which professionals can work with families to build and support parent and child competence. Conceptual and practical work from Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States present descriptions of and implications for different family system frameworks and early-childhood programs. Contributors in this edited volume bring together contemporary information that bridges the research to practice gap in supporting families of young children with disabilities or delays. 

Early Childhood Staff Orientation Guide. Sharon Bergen, 2016. Book. ( LB 1139.2 B495 2016)
"This book provides a foundation for your knowledge of current early childhood best practices. This guide will serve as an important first step into a new position and as a long-term resource for employees as they grow in the profession.

Early Childhood Staff Orientation Guide: Facilitator's Edition. Sharon Bergen, 2016. Book. (LB 1139.2 B495 2016 )
"As a companion to the Early Childhood Staff Orientation Guide, this Facilitator's Edition provides support for you - the professional mentoring new employees. This resource provides valuable tools and tips you can use to help each new employee shine.”

Early Intervention for Social-Emotional Development. 39 min. 2017. DVD. (DD0827)
You can make long-lasting and positive changes at an early age to improve behaviors, mental health, and emotional well-being. Karen Hyche OTD, OTR/L, teaches strategies for successful social-emotional development for children birth to 5 years. Social-emotional health is influenced by our physical and sensory system as well as our environment. Hyche presents much-needed strategies for infants and young children who have sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorder, development delays, behavior issues or speech and language delays to improve social-emotional development. You will develop special techniques for infants and toddlers that have difficulty transitioning, poor sleep habits and poor eating habits. Discover treatment strategies that will work in the home, daycare, school and clinic, including sensory diets, personal stories, sensory motor strategies, environmental strategies and video modeling.

The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success. Bonnie Keilty, 2016. Book. (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. 

Early Social-Emotional Development: Your Guide to Promoting Children's Positive Behavior. Nicole Edwards, 2018. Book. (WS 350 E26 2018 ECI)
This book equips early childhood educators and service providers with tools to support emerging social-emotional development and positive behavior in the first five years of life. It begins by providing an overview of social-emotional development, including how this development is intertwined with other areas of growth, environmental influences, and short- and long-term child outcomes. The educator's influential role is discussed within the context of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework and the Pyramid Model. Guiding principles and specific, research-based strategies for supporting children's success are presented, with numerous specific examples of how to foster healthy social-?emotional development and adaptive behavior in center- and home-based settings. 

Effective Early Intervention: The Developmental Systems Approach. Michael J. Guralnick, 2019.(LC 4019.3 G978e 2019 ECI).
This book analyzes the most current research and developments in early intervention through the lens of the Developmental Systems Approach (DSA). Starting with a clear explanation of the foundations of early intervention, the book then applies the DSA to four vulnerable populations: children at risk due to biological factors, specifically preterm birth, children at environmental risk, children with developmental delays, and children with autism spectrum disorder.

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 Toddler Learning Environment. 43 min. 2017. DVD. (DD0825)
Infants and toddlers are born explorers and the environments in which they are cared for become their laboratory. This program includes real-life examples on how to create a supportive infant-toddler learning environment that invites children to explore their surroundings and supports their sensory-motor way of learning.

Life with Baby: Parenting from Birth to 12 Months. 24 min. 2019. DVD. (DD0824)
This program demonstrates the ways babies are born ready to think, feel, and learn. Right from the start, a baby’s brain is growing and developing. They communicate their needs to their caregivers. They learn through experience and by processing information through their five senses.

Maltreatment and Toxic Stress. 2018. Book. (WA 320 M261 ECI 2018)
In recent years, the need to consider and appropriately support children and families who have experienced maltreatment, trauma, poverty, and toxic stress has gained necessary attention. In 2016, DEC published its first position statement on maltreatment and young children with disabilities and their families. This book provides leadership and guidance to the EI/ECSE field by creating a deeper understanding of maltreatment and illustrating evidence-based strategies to support these populations. 

Maternal Mental Health: A Guide for Health and Social Workers. Sally Field, 2018. Book. (WM 55 F453 2018)
This book provides an introduction to maternal mental health and illness, and outlines how to make referrals. It includes how to help mothers with mental health problems and explains special issues in maternal mental health. There is also a resource section for assessing, referring and supporting mothers in the perinatal period. 

More than Words: A Parent's Guide To Building Interaction and Language Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties, 2nd ed. Fern Sussman. 2017. (WS 350.8 P4 SU964 2012).
This illustrated guidebook provides a step-by-step guide for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social communication difficulties. Presented in a user friendly format, the book's research-based strategies show parents how to turn everyday activities with their child into opportunities for interaction and communication.

Nurturing Personal, Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: A Practical Guide to Understanding Brain Development and Young Children's Behaviour. Debbie Garvery, 2018. Book.(WS 105.5 E5 G244 2018 ECI)
Condensing a wealth of recent research and theory around PSED into practical guidance, it gives professionals the knowledge and understanding they need to critically evaluate their own practice and find the best course of action to support PSED in young children. Professionals are urged to consider their own practice by reading reflective practice case studies. From the perspective of neuroscience, it explores what can help or hinder development, considers why some children bite and why toddlers have tantrums, and questions how well intentioned actions, such as reward systems or putting new foods on a plate for children to 'just try', may be misguided. 

Off to a Good Start: A Behaviorally Based Model for Teaching Children with Down syndrome. Book 1, Foundations for Learning. Emily A. Jones, 2019. Book. (WS 107 J76 2019 ECI)
This book is a starting point for parents and professionals with little or no knowledge of ABA. It gives an overview of ABA and how to apply its principles and strategies to teach skills, and it provides background information on the characteristic learning profile of children with Down syndrome and how strengths (such as visual learning abilities and the desire to interact with others) can be used to overcome weaknesses. It also covers the importance of inclusion and high expectations and of generalizing skills learned in one setting to another. 

Practical Solutions to Practically Every Problem: The Survival Guide for Early Childhood Professionals, 3rd ed. Steffan Saifer, 2017. Book. (LB 1140.2 ST817 2017)
"This book provides solutions to every possible problem faced by early childhood teachers—before teachers encounter them. It has been updated to focus on current issues faced by educators, including teaching twenty-first century life skills, technology, and cultural responsiveness. Educators will save time and energy with over eight hundred solutions to two hundred problems, including: daily dilemmas and classroom issues, partnering with families to raise happy children, dealing with problematic behaviors from co-workers, and learning to take care of yourself to prevent burn-out.”

Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Families: A Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support for Home and Community. Glen Dunlap, 2017. (LB 1139 P944 2017 ECI).
This guide explains how to implement positive behavior support to address behavioral difficulties, and how to engage families as true partners in the process.

Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention: A Skills Guide for Working with Children. Mona Delahooke, 2017. Book. (WS 350 D333 2017 ECI) 
This book provides practical methods so that all childhood providers can better support the social and emotional lives of children and families. Illustrated with worksheets, charts and handouts, this reader-friendly book will provide valuable tools to nurture relationships, measure progress, reduce child stress, address challenging behaviors, and promote self-regulation. 

Treating Infants and Young Children Impacted by Trauma: Interventions that Promote Healthy Development. Joy Osofsky, 2017. Book. (WA 320 OS83 2017 ECI)
This book distills the vast literature on childhood trauma and reviews what effects these traumatic experiences can have and which treatments are best suited for addressing them. It provides a detailed framework for selecting the most appropriate intervention based on specific criteria. Vivid case examples teach clinicians how to apply these treatments in real scenarios and support parents and caregivers as key attachment figures and sources of security in a child’s life. 


Rehabilitation Services collection 

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 and more.

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.


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Last updated October 1, 2021