of intervention is clearly dependent on the collaboration, specificity
and appropriateness of the intervention plans generated with the family. The creation of a functional and meaningful intervention
plan that fits within the child's and family's day requires accurate information and involvement from all team
members, especially the family. Linking a routines based assessment
to routines based intervention can be accomplished by the team when
they focus on the child and family, rather than specific deficits.
The child's outcomes must reflect the family's priorities, not items on a test or arbitrary developmental tasks identified by a provider.
Further, the teaching and learning opportunities must be planned to correspond
to the partners, locations, preferences and interests of the child and the family,
not the interventionist. While essential, team planning is often rare
due to problems with time, distance, lack of resources, complexities
of funding, and differing philosophies on who are the most appropriate
team members for a child's needs. Given these realities, interventionists must develop strategies for communication and collaboration
to assure effectiveness
in both the planning and implementation process.
To" Implementation Strategies
- Use of community
resources is encouraged with multiple agencies and disciplines
included in a collaborative plan guided by family's identification
of resources and priorities. The families guide the plan not the
service providers. Providers must facilitate family choice
and decision making as a team, and develop ongoing communication strategies to ensure planning and progress monitoring for the child and family.
activities occur within the context of the family, i.e. their
time schedules, activity preferences, toys, materials, and natural
interactions. Providers incorporate or adapt materials,
toys, and objects readily available within the child's environment.
Naturally occurring child and careprovider interactions are emphasized to that
support teaching and learning across settings over time.
is an integral job responsibility
with time and resources allocated for completion of assigned duties for all team members.
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