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Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 2, Lesson 1


This lesson presents basic information about the benefits of teaming in all stages of early intervention. The team is conceptualized as a dynamic system working toward a common goal. The basic tenets of systems theory, as applied to early intervention teams, are reviewed. Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams are compared and contrasted. McWilliam and Scott (2001) describe a model that emphasizes the support functions of early intervention professionals. Participants are encouraged to consider the importance of teaming in the provision of informational, material and emotional supports to families. The use of ecomaps during first contacts is discussed. Lastly, the 'Goose Story' is used as metaphor for early intervention teams and systems.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Define teams and teaming
  2. Explain why teaming is important
  3. Describe how teaming benefits both practitioners and families
  4. Describe the basic tenets of systems theory, as applied to early intervention teams
  5. Discuss the teaming process in all stages of early intervention, from first contacts to transition
  6. Describe different types of teams (multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary)
  7. Understand the importance of 'enablement'
  8. Discuss the five components of the EINE model
  9. Understand how ecomaps can be used as relationship-building tools
  10. Appreciate the 'The Goose Story' as a metaphor for teams and systems


The following resource is necessary for completing this lesson. Learners may wish to access and print a hard copy of the resource prior to beginning the lesson and for future reference.

Key Words

Definitions of key words are found in the glossary.

  • Team
  • Multidisciplinary team
  • Interdisciplinary team
  • Transdisciplinary team


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