The purpose of the Routines Based Interview website is to promote the use of early childhood special education and early intervention (ECSE/EI) evidence-based practices in Nebraska--a “one-stop shop” for individuals or teams who wish to connect with the latest research, tools, practices and ideas.  It is also a place for teams to share their resources, highlight their practices and connect with each other.

The Routines Based Interview (RBI) training practices are required steps for any services coordinator or early intervention provider interested in using the RBI as their child and family assessment, as per 92 NAC 52 and 480 NAC 10.  The 7 components are linked below, with components  2 and 5 in webinar and powerpoint format.

Nebraska RBI Recommended Training Practices

RBI Introduction and Overview

Writing Functional Child and Family Outcomes

Following are resources that can be helpful to teams who are in the process of learning how to conduct the RBI.

Frequently Asked Questions around the RBI

FAQ 101 - Ecomaps & RBIs
FAQ 102 - IFSP Outcomes

Secondary Interviewer Training

The role of the secondary interviewer in an RBI is an important one.  The secondary interviewer is primarily responsible for taking good notes—notes written in the parent's words; capturing the parent’s concerns. An effective secondary interviewer helps the primary interviewer with questions during the RBI. Additional questions from the secondary are especially helpful as discussion of each routine comes to a close—prior to the parent satisfaction rating.  After all routines have been reviewed, the role of the secondary interviewer is to “recap” the interview with the family.  “Recaps” take practice….they must accurately reflect the information shared by the family in a succinct and informative manner. 

The following video  was recorded in April of 2016 at ESU10 in Kearney.  It  features the RBI coaches from PRT 10 --Kristine Einspahr, Mikki Bohlen, Kate Boston and Jamie Lewis.  This training was designed to raise awareness of the RBI across their PRT but more importantly,  to highlight the “key” responsibilities of the secondary interviewer.  We thank them for the development of this video and very much appreciate their willingness to share it with PRTs across the state.  Please take time to review the handouts used including a survey used pre and post to determine the learning of participants.

Using In-Depth Questions in the RBI

These sets of video clips were created by Amy Jenkins of the Siskin Children's Institute as examples of how to best explore family routines during the RBI. The first clip in each set depicts the basic structure of the RBI without the use of in-depth questions, i.e. examples which provide an ineffective description of a family routine. The second clip in each set shows the same routine as the first, but this time the interviewer uses good follow up questions and as a result, gets a rich description of the family routine that providers a clear picture of the child within the context of his family activity, the result of an effective RBI.

Outings 1 - Few In-Depth Questions

Outings 2 - Lots of In-Depth Questions

Wake Up Time 1 - Few In-Depth Questions

Wake Up Time 2 - Lots of In-Depth Questions

Providing Feedback

View clips that illustrate effective and ineffective examples of giving feedback.