This topical guide on talking with professionals will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these books or contact us to request them.
- Family-Based Practices (Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No. 5)
Eva Horn, Michaelene M. Ostrosky, & Hazel Jones (Eds.)
LC 4019.3 .F198h 2004 55880118
Missoula, MT: DEC, 2004
This book contains articles highlighting different aspects of family-based practices and how they can enhance early intervention and early childhood special education.
- Team Up for Your Child: A Step-by-Step Guide to Working Smarter with Doctors, Schools, Insurers, and Agencies
Wendy Lowe Besmann
WS 107.5 .R5 .B555 2008 235974330
Oak Ridge, TN: Melton Hill Media, 2008
This book provides guides, advice, worksheets, and checklists on how to work with the professionals involved in a child’s services from early intervention through special education.
- The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success
WS 350.6 K27e 2010 369296194
Teachers College Press, 2010
Keilty explains what early intervention looks like and how families can best partner with professionals so that young children can learn, grow, and thrive. The book includes a chapter on assessment and planning outlining how parents and professionals can work together throughout the process.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these videos or contact us to request them.
- Successfully Parenting Your Baby with Special Needs
HQ 759.913 .S833 1999 163568655
Edvantage Media, 1999
This video provides a comprehensive, easy-to-follow introduction to early intervention services, including how parents can best communicate with professionals on how to meet the needs of their young child.
The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us
for more information.
- Exceptional Parent, 34(2), 38–40
Early Intervention Matters, Part 4: The Role and Responsibility of the Service Coordinator in Early Intervention
Susan Addison. (2004)
This article explains the role of service coordinators and discusses how they can facilitate communication between parents and professionals.
- Young Exceptional Children, 9(2), 2–11
Moving from Assessment Information to IFSPs: Guidelines for a Family-Centered Process
Lee Ann Jung & Jennifer Grisham-Brown. (2006)
This article guides parents through the process of assessment and creation of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and discusses the importance of communication with service coordinators and professionals during the process.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.
- Beach Center on Disabilities Family-Professional Partnership Resource Page
This resource page from the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas contains articles, book titles, a self-assessment guide, and more on the topic of family-centered services and communicating with professionals.
- Communicating With Parents During Sensitive or Difficult Situations
This list provides resources to help providers discuss difficult topics with parents. Web articles, books, journal articles, and organizations are listed.
- Conference Time! Talking to Your Child’s Teacher or Caregiver
Many parents feel nervous about parent-teacher conferences or other talks with their children’s teachers or caregivers. Here are some parent-tested hints to help you have good meetings with the people at your child’s program. Also available in Spanish, Polish, and Korean.
- Connecting with Parents: “But He Doesn’t Do That at Home!”
Linda bites her classmates. Nate’s rude talk upsets everybody. But the parents seem stunned when you tell them you would like to find ways to help their child get along better at school. Here are some suggestions that may help when parents say, “He doesn’t do that at home!” Also in Spanish and Polish.
- Project TaCTICS: Module 4—Involving Careproviders in Teaching/Learning
Therapists as Collaborative Team members for Infants/Toddler Community Services (TaCTICS) is an outreach training program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The organization has created this module on family participation and parent-professional communication, one in a series.