Appendix 1A

Family-Centered Practice: Family-Professional Partnerships, Decision Making, and Family Support

Providers Have the Knowledge and Skills toBest Practice Documents (Ref. No.)
1. Recognize the expertise and major impact of families on children’s growth and development1, 32, 88, 90, 93
2. Understand family systems and family dynamics32, 88, 90, 93
3. Establish respectful reciprocal relationships with families32, 88, 90, 93
4. Demonstrate appropriate and effective listening strategies with families and others32, 88, 90, 93
5. Facilitate families’ identification of concerns, priorities, and resources32, 88, 90, 93
6. Implement strategies to promote infant-caregiver relationships and interactions32, 88, 89, 90, 93
7. Promote and enlist help from family-to-family support networks1, 32, 88–93
8. Support family health and emotional well-being32, 88, 90, 93
9. Identify risks for abuse/neglect situations32, 88, 90, 93
10. Provide support and recognize signs indicating the need to refer for counseling/therapy or other emotional support from specialists32, 88, 90, 93
11. Encourage family skills for collaboration with the EI team1, 32, 88, 89, 91, 93
12. Promote family involvement in all aspects of intervention1, 32, 88, 89, 91, 93
13. Promote informed decision making through provision of accurate and comprehensible information, resources, and support.1, 32, 93
14. Implement strategies for guiding and supporting families’ decisions regarding communication approaches/opportunities1, 32, 88–93
15. Encourage family advocacy skills1, 32, 88, 89, 91, 93
16. Monitor family satisfaction with intervention services1, 32