A family-centered approach to early intervention for infants and toddlers who have disabilities and their families is recognized and required in federal mandates, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Regulations in the Code of Federal Regulation. These laws emphasize the inclusion of families in collaborative decision-making, goal setting, and treatment of their children. A family-centered approach actively involves parents and family members in the care and treatment of the child with disabilities. Understanding competencies for early interventionists, foundations for developing effective partnerships with families and how to coach parents in meeting their child’s therapeutic goals can assist in effective family-centered intervention sessions.
The goal of this family-centered early intervention continuing education program is to give therapists providing early intervention to infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities information about family-centered therapy and ways in which this therapy model is efficacious. After studying the information presented in this module, you will be able to:
- Identify the components of a family-centered therapy session
- Describe the intent of using a family-centered model
- Discuss ways to shift current child-centered therapy practices to a family-centered therapy model.
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Arlene Stredler-Brown, CCC-SLP, CED, is an instructor in audiologic rehabilitation for the Department of Education and Counseling, Psychology and Special Education, University of British Columbia, and a clinical instructor for the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Colorado School of Medicine. She provides consultation and technical assistance to family-centered early intervention programs working with infants and toddlers with hearing loss in the United States and internationally. Ms. Stredler-Brown has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that relate to this educational activity.
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