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An Activity-Based Approach to Early Intervention
The Definitive Guide To ABI

by JoAnn (JJ) Johnson, Naomi L. Rahn & Diane Bricker

Item: 9781598578010

Format: softcover
Pages: 368

Early childhood professionals — learn the nuts and bolts of activity-based intervention (ABI), the trusted, child-directed approach for young children birth to 5. With the fourth edition of this classic textbook and professional guide, you’ll discover how to embed learning opportunities in everyday activities to help children acquire and generalise functional skills and reach their developmental goals.

You’ll get a comprehensive introduction to the benefits, challenges, and foundations of ABI, and you’ll find in-depth guidance on how to apply this popular approach with children in center- and home-based programs. Case stories, examples, and sample forms throughout clarify important points and procedures. Updated with practical new information on ABI training, implementation, and more, this book is a keystone of professional preparation for early interventionists and special educators.


  • Implement ABI in multiple settings with diverse groups of young children, including kids with disabilities and those at risk
  • Create multiple and varied learning opportunities within young children’s natural routines and interactions
  • Seamlessly link screening, assessment, goal development, intervention, and evaluation
  • Develop individualized IFSP and IEP goals
  • Observe children before and after intervention to determine next steps
  • Understand and address the challenges of establishing evidence-based practices
  • Work as a team with other professionals and families


  • New chapters on conducting high-quality child observations, applying ABI in centers and in homes, and using ABI with children who have significant disabilities
  • Expanded information on key topics, including training paraprofessionals on ABI and keeping families involved
  • Updated course companion website with PowerPoint slides, study questions, and application activities

Expertly written, organized and presented, An Activity-Based Approach to Early Intervention, is strongly recommended as a classroom text for teacher training programs and is thoroughly ‘user friendly’ in content and commentary so as to make it fully understandable and accessibly for concerned parents.”
- Susan Bethany, Midwest Book Review

“This fourth edition continues the tradition of providing us with the nuts, the bolts, and even the boards for design and implementation of what has become accepted as the go-to approach to high-quality early education.”
- Eva Horn, University of Kansas

“An outstanding resource … Everything you need for the practical application of ABI is included, as well as the empirical evidence supporting its effectiveness and use. This fourth edition is by far the best yet!”
- Jane Squires, Professor, Director, Center on Human Development, Early Intervention Program, University of Oregon

“This book is a must read! From the conceptual framework to the practical application of ABI, early care and education providers will have the necessary information they will need to effectively implement ABI.”
- Rosa Milagros Santos, University of Illinois


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