Consultation in early childhood settings

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Paul H. Brookes Pub., 2005 - Education - 216 pages
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Interventions for young children with disabilities are more effective when the adults involved form collaborative partnerships. That's why consultation -- a systematic process to help educators, parents, and early childhood professionals work together to address concerns and identify goals -- is so important. This practical handbook equips early childhood professionals with the skills needed to function as an effective consultant to educators and caregivers of children from birth through age 5. A step-by-step, 8-stage model shows how to initiate contact with a consultee and establish open, respectful communication; build rapport while gathering crucial information about the consultee; work with the consultee to assess concerns and needs; set goals; select appropriate strategies; prepare the consultee to implement the strategies; evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies and the consultation itself; and hold a summary conference to review outcomes and plan the next steps. This guide will help any early childhood professional serving as a consultant -- and anyone in the role of consultee -- form strong, respectful partnerships that lead to better child and family outcomes.

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Contents

Consultant Knowledge Skills and Dispositions
21
Model for the Consultation Process
39
Stage Two
57
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About the author (2005)

Virginia Buysse, Ph.D., is Senior Scientist at the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC, Chapel Hill. Dr. Buysse is also President of the Division of Early Childhood (DEC).

Patricia W. Wesley, M.Ed., works as a consultant providing professional development on topics including early childhood consultation and program quality. Ms. Wesley is retired as a Senior Scientist at the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC, Chapel Hill.