[R-0226] S7. Family and Community

Citation: The Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center. (2012-2017). RP Products by Type: Illustrations. Webpage. Retrieved from: http://ectacenter.org/decrp/type-illustrations.asp [or enter “ECTA Center RP Products by Type: Illustrationsin your search window].

Abstract: This webpage provides information and links to videos that help increase parent, practitioner and leader understanding and use of the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices. Resources including checklists and videos are organized under the DEC topic areas of Leadership, Assessment, Teaming and Collaboration, and Transition. Links include one to the 6:42 minute IFSP Video, providing a view of an ineffective IFSP meeting and tips for an effective one. Tips provided for an effective meeting are: (1) Parents need to be present for every part of the meeting. (2) Parents need to be heard, not judged. (3) Allow enough time for the family’s concerns to be heard and for them to feel comfortable with the process and services their child will receive. (4) The service coordinator should sit next to the family and ensure that the family’s priorities are driving the process. (5) All team participants should turn off their phones and make sure they are prepared to attend and participate in the entire meeting. (6) Service coordinators should make sure parents understand the information that is being presented. (7) The IFSP should always be driven by the priorities of the family. (8) Service providers should act in the role of a consultant who provides resources for the family.

Integration: The information and links presented at this webpage fit well with content presented in Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Child, Family and Community, Early Childhood Administration, and Infants, Toddlers, and Twos.

Content Focus: Administrators; Assessment; Child, Family and Community; Collaboration; Division of Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices; Early Childhood; Early Intervention; Empower; Family Assistance; Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP); Introduction to Early Childhood Education; Parent Information; Parent Participation; Parent Resources; Parent Rights; Special Education; Teaming; Transitions

Notes: After watching this video, have scholars discuss why the child’s mother may not be able to effectively express her perspectives and positions and advocate effectively for her position at meetings such as this one. Answers may include fear of retaliation if she disagrees with professionals; profound sadness at hearing the negative things said about her child; shame, embarrassment or guilt because she thinks having a child with a disability is her fault or that others think less of her; feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness; confusion; panic; intimidation; fatigue; distrust; anger; and/or shock. Have scholars answer how they as a teacher can help alleviate these emotions. Answers may include providing information about special education rights as well as parental rights and safeguards, describing how the meeting process works, and how the child’s strengths can be used to address areas of need.