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Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 5, Lesson 2

Activity #1

Access and read the Resource Bank article, Dimensions Of Family and Professional Partnerships: Constructive Guidelines for Collaboration by Blue-Banning, Summers, Frankland, Nelson and Beegle (2004). In reading the article you will learn that the effect of the professional's behavior in the realm of interpersonal relationships can be a road block to developing collaborative partnerships with families. Blue-Banning et al. illustrate indicators of professional behavior that help us to develop collaborative relationships with families. In the article, you will see how the authors illustrate six themes that are indicators contributing to collaborative partnerships.

After reading the article, do the following:

  1. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between professionals and families in each of the six themes (Communication, Commitment, Equality, Skills, Trust, and Respect).
  2. From the view point of a professional, make a list of five actions or perceptions that contribute to "positive partnerships" with families. Now do the same thing from the view point of a family member with regard to "positive partnerships" with professionals.

Now that you have gone through this exercise, reflect on whether you think professionals and parents share similar perspectives more often than opposite perspectives?

Activity #2

Access the Resource Bank and read Cultural Awareness and Interactions with Families. This is a scenario about the Rivers family. It illustrates some issues that may arise if professionals don't take the time to understand the cultures of families with whom they work. We see again, the importance of sensitivity and effective communication.

Take a few minutes to consider and answer the following questions.

  1. What could Mrs. Small have done differently at that first meeting to begin to build a bridge with the family?
  2. How should she approach the next meeting?
  3. What should she do about the scheduled assessments?
  4. What can Mrs. Small do to address behavior issues that may arise with Janice in the childcare setting?


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