Course Overview

This course is designed to prepare providers and stakeholders with early childhood knowledge, skills, and intervention strategies related to family empowerment and shared decision making in the early intervention process. Both proactive and preventative measures for evaluating development will be addressed within the context of adopting a relational approach to family collaboration. This includes working with families during initial conversations that occur in the early intervention referral process and throughout planning and intervention. A shared decision-making process will be emphasized, which includes defining and explaining early intervention decisions, presenting multiple options, and assessing values and preferences in partnership with families.

What You'll Learn

Course Participants will:

  • evaluate initial assumptions they hold about how families make decisions about their child(ren)
  • discuss how a family’s cultural affiliations influence their access to and interactions in early intervention
  • identify and explain how families are included in the early intervention planning process


Who Should Attend

  • Early childhood educators
  • Early childhood education stakeholders
  • Early intervention providers
  • Home visiting providers
  • Family service coordinators

Additional Information

Participants must receive an 80% or better on all knowledge checks to receive a Certificate of Completion.

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This course is offered through UNM College of Education & Human Sciences.

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