THE PRIMARY SERVICE PROVIDER MODEL:

At LESA, our services are based on the evidence-based practice known as the Primary Service Provider model, or PSP.  According to early childhood intervention researchers Rush and Sheldon, "a primary coach approach to teaming assigns one member of a multidisciplinary team as the primary coach, where he or she receives coaching from other team members, and uses coaching with parents and other primary caregivers to support and strengthen their confidence and competence in promoting child learning and development."

The Primary Service Provider Model is based around the following principles:

  • Families know their children best.
  • Families and caregivers play the most important role in a children’s life and the daily interactions between families and children have the greatest impact on child progress.
  • Children learn best in their natural environments.
  • Families prefer to have one consistent person working with them over time.
  • Services should be provided in the least intrusive manner, which includes being aware of the number of professionals involved with a family at any one time.
  • Commitment to a strength-based approach when working with children and families.
  • Respecting and sharing of individual skills between team member and within the organization.

For more research on the Primary Service Provider model, please visit the Coaching in Early Childhood website.