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Module Two: Lesson Two

Routines Information

For each routine, the interviewer indirectly asks six questions:

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  1. What does everyone else do? For home routines, this means other family members; for classroom routines, it means other children.
  2. What does the child do?
  3. More specifically, what is his or her engagement like-how and how much does the child participate in the routine?
  4. What is his or her independence like-how much can the child do by him- or herself?
  5. What are his or her social relationships like-how does the child communicate and get along with others?
  6. How satisfied is the caregiver with the routine? This is the big question. If desired, the interviewer can get a score for this satisfaction with the routine.

The RBI includes a form that can be used during the interview to capture information. The RBI Report Form has a place to write a score from 1 to 5. For classroom routines, the question is not about the caregiver's satisfaction but about the fit between the routine and the child; again, the RBI Report Form has a 1-5 scale for this, if a score is sought.

Although we are reminded constantly that a good RBI will produce information far beyond a listing of daily events, it is true that not everything happens in routines. Hence, at the time of the interview, we ask first about the family's major concerns. At the end of the interview, we ask if there's anything else to be talked about.


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