We are seeking to support service providers to make the most of digital technologies in delivering parenting support. This curated list of high-quality resources, developed in Australia and internationally, will be updated as new resources are identified or produced that meet the criteria for inclusion.
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Resources have been grouped into six categories, as listed below. Click on ‘Show all’ to see all resources, or click on the category to see relevant resources.
Virtual Home Visiting Strategies that Support all Children and Families
Length: 55 minutes
A webinar for practitioners conducting virtual home visits with children and families. It includes strategies on how to effectively engage and support families virtually and promote positive outcomes.
Client-centred telepractice in community services
Length: 5-minute read
An article providing practitioners with insight into client perspectives of telepractice, including barriers they may face. With implications for practitioners, the article outlines key considerations when using telepractice, and includes links to useful tools and resources.
The use of telepractice in the family and relationship services sector
Length: 6-minute read
A paper outlining the enablers and barriers to success in telepractice, with evidence-informed suggestions for services. This paper is useful for practitioners in child, family and social service roles.
Using the SS-OO-PP-RR: Guiding Home Visiting during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Length: 13 minutes
A discussion between three specialists about using a ‘SS-OO-PP-RR’ framework to guide home visits, that can be used in both face-to-face visits and telepractice sessions.
Using technology in service delivery to families, children and young people
Length: 20 pages
A paper published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies exploring how technology can effectively be used by organisations to deliver services to families and children.
10 Strategies for engaging parents during tele intervention
Length: 4.5-minute read
A publication by Early Intervention Strategies for Success with strategies for early intervention therapists to engage with a parent or caregiver via telepractice, to create the best outcomes for parent and child.
Tele-Intervention for Early Intervention: Session Guidance
Length: 4-minute read
A document published by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, for early childhood professionals who are new to telepractice or want more of a methodology to structure their session with clients.
Who might be suited to telepractice services and programs, and under what circumstances?
Length: 5-page digital form
A form developed by Parenting Research Centre that can be used to help guide practitioners in negotiating with a client about whether telepractice is a preferred or viable option.
Telepractice – a family guide and resource (Plumtree)
Length: 16 pages
A guide published by Plumtree including various short videos (ranging from 1-5 minutes) of parent and practitioner experiences using telepractice.
Coaching Parents on Feeding Techniques via Telepractice
Length: 6 minute-read
In this article published by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a Speech Language Pathologist outlines her experiences with moving to telepractice and the techniques she has used to adapt her practice.
The Case for Telepractice: Should Hanen programs be offered to families online?
Length: 4 pages
This is a publication by The Hanen Centre for early childhood educators and therapists, providing insight into the uses of virtual technology in clinical practice. It presents adaptations that can be made to best yield success in telepractice.
Supporting children and families through telehealth
Length: 30 mins
An occupational therapist shares her experience of delivering telehealth services. This Emerging Minds podcast episode explores how to maximise ...
I can parent too! Engaging virtually with families
Length: 60 mins
Released by the USA-based Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting collaborative and intended for family support professionals who work with parents with learning difficulties.
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Telehealth Provider Training Webinar
Length: 55 mins
Presented by Little Lives ECI, this video is for early childhood intervention therapists and explores practitioners' roles and responsibilities when conducting telepractice.
Strategies for a “better than” in-person session – Breaking down the structure of a live video visit
Length: 54 mins
Presented by Sweet Pea Paediatric Wellness, this video provides practical strategies and tips to create a video session which is equivalent to an in-person therapy session.
Using Telepractice to Deliver ECI Services and supports
Length: 1.5 hours
This webinar from ECIA for early childhood intervention and allied health practitioners explores in detail how to adapt to telepractice in their work with children and their families and explains how to maintain a high quality of service when utilising this technology.
Length: 7 mins
A webinar that can be used by allied health therapists. It is a presentation of practical findings from a research study undertaken by the University of Sydney and Therapy Connect to bust myths about telepractice and shows the experiences of different therapists with virtual conferences.
Telepractice Guidelines for Early Childhood Intervention
Length: 20 pages
Prepared by ECIA for early childhood intervention practitioners, this guideline is intended to clearly outline the main principles practitioners should adopt to deliver quality telepractice to the children and families they work with, including case examples from parents and therapists.
Supporting Families During the Pandemic: Four Therapists Share their Wisdom
Length: 12 mins
In this webinar, ECTA Centre (US) explores the experiences of four therapists using telepractice, which is useful for other therapists who may want to use the technology .
Plan for Success! Planning for Virtual Early Childhood Intervention Sessions
Length: 1.5 hours
From ECIA for early childhood intervention practitioners. This webisode focuses on how practitioners should plan and what they should expect prior to telepractice sessions, as well as exploring what to do in the aftermath of a session with the child and family.
Helping children in care stay in contact with their birth families during COVID-19
Length: 4.5 minute-read
A short article published by AIFS (Australian Institute of Family Services) intended for out-of-home care caseworkers.
Telepractice for early childhood intervention practitioners
Length: 26 pages
A guide created by Reimagine Australia (formerly Early Childhood Intervention Australia) which outlines how to plan, undertake and follow up consultations with parents and their children through telepractice.
Telepractice for children with complex disability- Guidelines for quality allied health services
Length: 8 pages
This resource provides a series of guidelines for allied health practitioners to consider when delivering virtual services to children with complex disabilities.
A practical guide to working with children and families through Telehealth
Length: 10 mins watching, 5 mins reading
A video and text guide by Emerging Minds for intended use by practitioners working with children and families. It provides insight into how to prepare and conduct a session via telepractice.
COVID-19 and early intervention: Evidence, challenges and risks relating to virtual and digital delivery
Length: 54 pages
A review from Early Intervention Foundation which provides insight into the evidence for various telepractice approaches.
Family Team Meetings: Guidance for Facilitators During Physical Distancing
Length: 4 pages
Document produced by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (US) to guide child welfare practice when conducting remote family team conferences.
Each resource has fully satisfied the first two essential criteria, and achieved a total score of at least three points across the desirable criteria (with a rating of ‘absent’ earning 0 points, ‘partially met’ earning 1 point and ‘fully met’ earning 2 points).
The resource is highly relevant to practitioners in the family services sector
The resource has applicability beyond the immediate necessity for adaptations in response to COVID-19.
The resource is clear, succinct and actionable
The resource is reliable (ie. cites evidence and/or is from a reputable source)
The messaging is consistent with effective framing regarding children and parenting.