Interactions Across Abilities – Curriculum and Training
Interactions Across Abilities: Supporting Families Of Children With Special Needs is a curriculum for professionals in the field of early childhood who support parents and help children receive the services they may require to reach their full potential.
Consider using this curriculum if you:
- Visit families in their homes
- Provide care and education for children in a child care, preschool, or elementary school setting
- Provide early intervention services to children with have a diagnosis
About the Curriculum
This curriculum offers:
- Ways to strengthen the parent-child interaction and promote development through play.
- Strategies for making adaptations that increase a child’s participation in preferred activities, daily routines and interactions.
- Techniques to effectively communicate and collaborate with other practitioners and caregivers.
- Information on diagnoses, conditions, and disabilities.
- Guidance on recognizing and responding to developmental red flags.
- Updates on early intervention law and how and when to make a referral.
The curriculum is divided into 13 sections:
- Introduction, Terminology, and Resources
- Promoting Development and Recognizing Red Flags
- Diagnosis-Related Basics
- Service Continuum
- Parenting Behaviors – Nurturing
- Parenting Behaviors – Designing /Guiding
- Parenting Behaviors – Responding
- Parenting Behaviors – Communicating
- Parenting Behaviors – Supporting Learning
- Parent-Child Interaction Activity Pages
- Adaptations and Assistive Technology
- Parent- Professional Relationships
- Conditions, Disorders, and Disabilities
About the training
The Interactions Across Abilities training will enhance the curriculum by providing:
- An overview of the curriculum and how to use it to enhance current practice.
- A look at numerous additional resources.
- An understanding of the various roles of service providers.
- An opportunity to network with others.
- Practice in nurturing the attachment relationship between the child and caregiver by recognizing and responding to positive parenting behaviors, sharing sensitive information with families, adapting activities and toys, and walking with families through the referral process.
This training offers 13 professional development hours.