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Fostering Family Involvement

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Fostering Family Involvement
in Early Intervention

Jane Messier
Florida State University

Natural
Environment

Why?
Has beginning and ending
Predictable
Individualized
Different contexts
Multiple opportunities
Grab a piece of paper.

You have 30 seconds to write down as many routines that you can think of that are in a child's day.
meals
getting dressed
playing
reading stories
bath time
brushing teeth
Scenario:
Danny is a 2 year old boy with limited language. Your goal during your home visits is to teach his parents strategies to improve his expressive and receptive vocabulary.
Turn to your left.

Pick one routine you had in common.

You have 1 minute to write down as many words that could be heard/said in that routine.

How many did you get?
Investigating Routines
What would you ask the family to expand on?
(adapted from Woods, Cripe & Venn, 1997)
The child's daily schedule

Routines or activities that the parent or child has the most difficulty

Significant people that the child interacts with throughout the day


Coaching Model
Develop a
Partnership

Family Stress
What factors could add additional stress to the family?
Lack of Help
Financial Burden
Accessibility Issues
Health Care Costs
Changes in routine
"People who think of themselves as part of the family whether related by blood or marriage or not, and who support or care for each other on a regular basis." (Turnbull, Poston, Park, Mannan, Marquis & Wang, 2002)
What is your definition of a family?
Think Pair Share
Knows the child best
Time
Generalization
Why the family?
Last thoughts...
The family is fundamental in the child’s development

Balance between providing information and intervention

The child may have a diagnosis, but the whole family is affected

Develop
Partnership

Family Systems
Ecological System
Principles of Great Parent-Professional Partnerships
Communication
Respect
Trust
Commitment
Equality
Natural
Environment

Family
Involvement

(Blue-Banning, Summers, Frankland, Nelson & Beegle, 2004)
Identify Family Strengths & Resources
Interests
Shelter
Spiritual Beliefs
Family interaction
Physical health
Family values
Income
Network of Family & Friends
EMPOWER THE FAMILY!
Provide information
Give guidance to find more information
Provide options
Respect the family's decision
Sharing resources
Listening
Coordinating information
Communicating positively & frequently
Being tactful, clear honest & open

Demonstrating commitment
Being flexible, accessible, consistent, sensitive
It's "more than a job" & "more than a case"
Encouraging


Value the child
Being nonjudgmental & courteous
Exercising nondiscrimination
Avoiding intrusion
Avoiding the use of "clout" & turfism
Empowering
Validating others
Advocating
Allowing reciprocity
Willing to explore all options
Fostering harmony
Acting equal
Competence
Bowen
Bronfenbrenner
Taking action
Expectations for progress
Considers the whole family
Being willing to learn
Being reliable
Keeping the child safe
Being discreet
Emotional Reactions to a Disability

(Heiman, 2002; Roach, Ormond, & Barratt,1999; Waggoner, Wilgosh, 1990)
(Friedman, Woods, Salisbury, 2012; Woods, Wilcox, Friedman, Murch, 2011)
Adults learn best when:
they are actively engaged with the material
learning has an immediate context
they can immediately apply information
have an opportunity to try new skills
reflect on process
(Dunst & Trivette, 2009)
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