Family-professional partnerships are essential to early intervention practice (birth-age 3). However, building and sustaining these partnerships is complex work. This book is about digging deeper and looking closer at what it takes to have successful relationships with each and every family. The authors explore seven partnership concepts, brought to life through the words and perspectives of families and professionals themselves. New and veteran professionals can use the "lessons learned" from these accounts to more effectively work with families. Each chapter ends with Questions for Daily Reflection to help early intervention professionals continue to develop their practice. The final chapter describes themes that result from and span the seven concepts as well as the systems needed to support successful family-professional partnerships.
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Bonnie Keilty is associate professor and program coordinator of early childhood special education at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY).
Keilty provides readers with a foundation to move towards an additive practice that values authentic relationships with families. Its synthesis of literature alone is informative and robust, while the seven essential concepts guide professions in reflective practices.
--Teachers College Record
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