Supporting occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists and other early intervention practitioners.
EI SMART is being developed by a multidisciplinary team (the authors) of professionals supported by parents and service users. As we set out on this piece of work we recognised that whilst there is a wealth of research published on early intervention there was no one approach bringing together the evidence based components of effective interventions specifically for occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists. The evidence points to an approach where therapists acquire a broader skill set, shared across disciplines, including strategies for active engagement of the family and for supporting the family psychosocially. We propose EI SMART as such an approach.