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ERIC Number: ED529128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 248
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-5985-7059-5
Relationship-Centered Practices in Early Childhood: Working with Families, Infants, and Young Children at Risk
Ensher, Gail L.; Clark, David A.
Brookes Publishing Company
Strong working relationships with diverse families and children are the foundation of successful early intervention. Discover fresh, practical ways to build these relationships in this essential guidebook, every professional's blueprint for working with children and families within the specific context of their culture, family structure, and risk factors. Developed by two respected early childhood authorities--special education expert Gail Ensher and pediatrician David Clark--this book is a must for all professionals serving families of children birth to age 8 who have disabilities or who may be at risk. Presenting a clear framework for effective relationship-centered care in natural environments, Ensher and Clark give readers the up-to-date information and guidance they need to: (1) meet AAP guidelines and IDEA requirements for family-centered care, and address the new OSEP requirement that programs report how early intervention services have helped families and children; (2) respond appropriately to the different types of family diversity they'll encounter in their day-to-day work; (3) enhance their current models for early intervention in natural environments, such as coaching, consultation, and routines-based early intervention; (4) empower families to skillfully sustain and extend care long after early intervention services are complete; (5) improve teamwork and communication with a wide range of other professionals across disciplines and agencies; and (6) inform their practice with the most current demographic information, all in one convenient volume. With dozens of engaging photos, case studies, anecdotes from parents and professionals, and a helpful list of resources for working with at-risk families, readers will get vivid insights that will help them to put relationship-centered care into practice. And the chapter highlights and thought-provoking discussion questions make this book ideal for university courses or independent study. A must have for every early childhood professional working within today's changing family landscape, this book is the ultimate guide to relationship-centered care that improves both child and family outcomes. This book contains four parts. Part I, Laying the Foundation, contains: (1) A Framework for Best Practice (Gail L. Ensher & David A. Clark); and (2) Teamwork and Knowing Enough About the System to Help (Gail L. Ensher & David A. Clark). Part II, Beginnings, contains: (3) The Early Years and Brain Development: The Critical Connections of Building Relationships (Marilyn A. Fisher); (4) Cultural Conceptions of Motherhood and Pregnancy in the 21st Century (Melissa M. Doyle); (5) Born Too Early (David A. Clark & Gail L. Ensher); and (6) Diversity in Context: What Difference Does a Difference Make in a Family? (Gail L. Ensher & David A. Clark). Part III, Peaks and Valleys Along the Way, contains: (7) Diversity in Context: What Difference Does a Difference Make for a Child? (Gail L. Ensher & David A. Clark); (8) A Child with Ongoing Special Needs (Gail L. Ensher & David A. Clark); (9) Brothers and Sisters: The Family Includes Everyone (Gail L. Ensher & David A. Clark); (10) The Ills of Substance Abuse, Child Abuse, and Neglect (Gail L. Ensher & David A. Clark); (11) Family Loss, Disasters, and Young Children (Gail L. Ensher & David A. Clark); and (12) Homelessness and Young Children (Robin J. Streever, Gail L. Ensher & David A. Clark). Part IV, Emerging and Finding the Way Again, contains: (13) Professionals and Families: Partners in Care (Laura A. Jenkins & Mary Beth Sullivan); and (14) An Epilogue: Climbing to New Heights (Gail L. Ensher & David A. Clark). An index is included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act