ERIC Number: ED374578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Family-Based Practicum Experience: A Parent-Professional Partnership for Personnel Preparation.
Vermont Univ., Burlington. Center for Developmental Disabilities.
The family-based practicum experience of the University Affiliated Program of Vermont provides early intervention interns with an in-depth experience with the family of a child with special health care and/or education needs. Through this experience, interns acquire an understanding of the elements of a family-centered approach, incorporate the elements of a family-centered approach into all aspects of their practicum experience, and demonstrate a knowledge of the ways in which existing systems and policies can become more responsive to family concerns. Intern responsibilities include spending 48 hours with the family over the course of a semester, identifying and implementing mutually beneficial goals and activities to engage in with the family, and reflecting on the experience. Activities may include providing child care, assisting a family in applying for funding, developing child care guidelines for the family to share with babysitters, or making a videotape of the child to acquaint elementary school staff. Each intern has a Parent-to-Parent supervisor who is available to provide resources and support. A table listing characteristics of family-centered practitioners is appended. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Vermont Univ., Burlington. Center for Developmental Disabilities.