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ERIC Number: ED379838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Family-Centered Approach to Early Childhood Special Education. Project Ta-kos.
Askew, Linda; Krehbiel, Roberta
This training manual presents a family-centered approach to early childhood special education and demonstrates how a family-centered approach to intervention is an extension of a child-centered approach. The manual offers a "hands on" approach to building relationships between professionals and families that lead to effective intervention. The training shows how establishing rapport with families can lead to understanding their point of view, which leads to Individualized Family Service Plans that are real and to strategies useful to the family. The trainer first models a collaborative partnership with the participants at a training site when the training goals are being developed. The trainer demonstrates listening and responding skills in interacting with the staff, which the staff will later use in their interactions with families. Sections of the training manual address: (1) developing the training (information gathering and sharing, and tailoring the training); (2) interpersonal communication skills (self-awareness and clarification of beliefs and values, understanding family variables through rapport building, listening and responding, and interviewing); (3) family-centered process (partnerships, collaboration, and goal attainment scaling); (4) understanding family variables (influence of beliefs and values, life events, family strengths, and self-awareness of teaching style); and (5) understanding the law and building a family-centered agency. (Contains 63 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Family Involvement, Family Role, Federal Legislation, Interaction, Interpersonal Communication, Listening Skills, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Professional Development, Self Concept, Special Education, Teamwork, Training, Workshops
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Handicapped Children's Early Education Program.
Authoring Institution: Alta Mira Specialized Family Services, Inc. Albuquerque, NM.
Note: For related documents, see EC 303 710-715.