Presentation on theme: "Debra Holloway The Arc of Virginia Director of Training and Technical Assistance A Parent’s Perspective on Family Centered Practices."— Presentation transcript:
Debra Holloway The Arc of Virginia Director of Training and Technical Assistance A Parent’s Perspective on Family Centered Practices
Today We Will Cover Introduction – me and you Family Centered Practices Strategies to Operationalize Video – “Embrace Possibilities” Discussion Q &A Reflections/Continuous Improvement
Oldest Human Rights Organization for People with Developmental Disabilities 25 local chapters in the Commonwealth 25 local chapters in the Commonwealth Non-profit Non-profit Promote and protect human rights Promote and protect human rights Support full inclusion Support full inclusion
What is Your Role? Early Intervention Early Childhood Education Head Start ParentParaprofessionalsSupervisors
Family Centered Practices Emphasis on strengths Promoting family choice and control over desired resources Development of collaborative relationship between parents and professionals. ESPE-SHERWINDT
Does it Make a Difference? Research has tied the use of Family Centered Practice to positive child and family outcomes. -Parent Satisfaction -Sense of Control -Family Well-being -Family competence and confidence All of these significantly impact a child’s development
Efficacy of Family Centered Practices This Happens across diverse Settings and programs Types of families, including those with parent’s with Intellectual Disabilities Economic background MARILYN ESPE-SHERWINDT
Easier Said Than Done! Time Inclination Training Federal and State Rules and Regulations
Communication Building Relationships -Active listening -Empathy-Caring/Warmth-Trust Not Enough!
Professionals are Often Less Family-Centered Than They Think “Families become the ultimate decision makers and agents of change” Dunst, 2002 Dunst, 2002
Strategies to Operationalize Families understanding the service and their role Families and the grief cycle Honoring ethnic, cultural and socio- economic diversity Families – strengths and coping skills
Consultant Professionals adopting a family-centered model are asked to replace the role of decision-maker, agenda-setter, advice- prescriber and expert with the more challenging role of partner, listener, facilitator and consultant (Mikus, Benn and Weatherston, 1994).
Giving complete unbiased information Do not focus on compliance – shared purpose Resist giving prescriptive advice Do not give up when faced with hostility, indifference or rejection Accepting shades of grey Pay attention to the only behaviors you can control – your own
Embrace Possibilities SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library
Questions Discussion Continuous Improvement Family-centered practice: collaboration, competency and evidence MARILYN ESPE-SHERWINDT Debra Holloway The Arc of Virginia Director of Training and Technical Assistance firstname.lastname@example.org 804-649-8481 ext. 103