Early Intervention programs emphasize family centered services because of the critical role of families on their children’s growth and development. Professional standards for those working in EI include the knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide family centered services. Understanding the nature of family centered intervention helps assure families of young children with developmental delays receive services that meet their unique needs. Learning to view families from a strength-based perspective and working with a family’s expertise in regards to their child creates the context in which all Early Intervention services are provided through a family centered process.
Family-Centered Interventions in the first in a series of four courses that make up the Foundations for Infant and Toddler Services for Early Intervention. The purpose of this module is to provide standards for and practice indicators of family centered services for Early Intervention professionals. Administrators can use this module to support the professional development and performance of EI personnel they supervise.
The module has four sessions based on established competencies for family centered intervention. Each session contains instructional content delivered through narrated presentations, resource content such as reading materials and websites, activities to integrate content into practice, and accomplishment of specific competencies through participant evaluation.
- Demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to apply family centered principles and practices
- Demonstrate knowledge of ecological and family systems theories and their implications for providing family centered services
- Describe potential effects of children’s developmental delays on caregivers and other family members
- Demonstrate an understanding of how culture impacts early intervention services and supports
- Identify strategies to become more culturally competent
- Apply the concepts of a relationship-based approach in establishing partnerships with families
- Evaluate your ability to establish successful parent-professional partnerships
- Identify family strengths and resources to support child development
- Identify strategies to use to empower families
- Identify emotional, informational, and economic resources and supports for families
This training is intended for early care and education practitioners working with children ages 0 – 3 years.
Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.