ERIC Number: ED411661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Family-Centered Service Delivery.
Higgins, Cindy, Ed.
Families and Disability Newsletter, v8 n2 Sum 1997
This theme issue focuses on family-centered practices and policies for service delivery. The first article, "Family-Centered Service Delivery," reports on a study of 130 published sources in education, social work, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, and related disciplines, which found that the key components of family-centered philosophy and practice were: (1) focusing upon the family as the unit of attention; (2) organizing assistance collaboratively; (3) organizing assistance in accordance with each individual family's wishes; (4) considering family strengths; (5) addressing family needs holistically; (6) individualizing family services; (7) giving families complete information in a supportive manner; (8) normalizing perspectives; and (9) structuring service delivery to ensure accessibility, minimal disruption of family integrity, and routine. Another article, "Measuring Family-Centered Practices," details the findings of a survey of 443 parents of children with disabilities that found the three most desired early intervention staff behaviors were listening to families, treating families with respect, and accepting families as important team members. A third article "Family-Centered Statutory Policy," discusses findings from a study that evaluated family-centered statues in North Carolina and identified 24 quality indicators of exemplary family-centered legislation. The newsletter also describes a Head Start program for Native American children and strategies that staff can use to use it with families. (CR)
Descriptors: American Indians, Cultural Awareness, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Family Attitudes, Family Involvement, Family Needs, Family Programs, Integrated Services, Preschool Education, Staff Role, Young Children
Beach Center on Families and Disability, 3111 Haworth, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045; telephone: 785-864-7600; World Wide Web: http://www.lsi.ukans.edu/beach/beachhp.htm
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Beach Center on Families and Disability.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas; North Carolina