Those attending EI Training Program Conferences have been asked to share some of their favorite strategies, anecdotes, pieces of advice, etc., found to be helpful in their roles as early interventionists. Here is a small sampling of the many rich and insightful responses we have received.
- "Always ask the family about their goals/desires..."
- "Supporting the child is supporting the family …"
- " Build a good rapport with families...Parents will be more receptive to negative observations if they trust the professional."
- "...look for parent strengths."
- "Keep lines of communication open. Provide a small notebook for parents to write down questions/concerns they have through the week…"
- "One of the greatest things I have learned from my families is to really listen without prejudgment and to recognize my bias and to respect their cultures."
- "If there are siblings in the home, I try to include them in one activity…"
- "...taking pictures during sessions and making a Therapy Photo Album. This helps extended family and day care staff see more and feel a part of the program."
- " I always ask what the child has done new this week. It helps the parent-child-parent celebrate the little steps and realize that progress doesn't come all at once, but in little steps."
- "Keep an open mind, because you will be ready to learn from anyone at anytime."