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Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 2, Lesson 2


In Lesson 1, you learned about the importance of teaming in all stages of the Early Steps system. This lesson presents in-depth information about the people who make up the Early Steps team.

Lesson 2 begins with a brief review of the various early intervention professions. Models for understanding common team roles and styles are then presented. The influence of personal experiences, attitudes, beliefs and values on team behavior is discussed, with emphasis on the importance of self-awareness.

The lesson continues with a discussion of coaching and adult learning styles. As an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS) you will be coaching the families of young children with special needs. The components of effective coaching are outlined in an informative article by Shelden & Rush (2004). This article will serve as a springboard for your work as a coach. When coaching caregivers, it is helpful to have some background in adult learning styles. You will gain familiarity with the principles of adult learning and complete an online questionnaire to determine your own learning style. Felder and Silverman's Index of Learning Styles will be presented in this Lesson.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the professional responsibilities of the people that comprise early intervention teams (e.g.,caregiver, service coordinator, ITDS, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech/language pathologist, psychologist)
  2. Discuss team roles and styles (contributor, collaborator, communicator, challenger; task-oriented, group-building and dysfunctional roles)
  3. Describe the role(s) that you typically play when working on a team.
  4. Discuss how preconceptions, attitudes and beliefs influence team behavior
  5. Define "ethnocentrism"
  6. Discuss the five components of effective coaching (Shelden & Rush, 2004)
  7. Explain why coaches should have a basic understanding of adult learning styles
  8. Describe your own learning style and consider how your particular style affects your work with families
  9. Discuss strategies for working with adults that have different learning styles


The following resources are necessary for the completion of this lesson. Learners may wish to access and print a hard copy of the resources prior to beginning the lesson and for future reference. Some resource documents can be found in the Resource Bank. Others are available online.

Key Words

Definitions of key words are found in the glossary.

  • Ethnocentrism
  • Coaching


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