Collaborative Consultation in Natural Environments: Strategies to Enhance Family-Centered Supports and Services Purpose This article presents current information on recommended practices related to the delivery of early intervention (EI) supports and services to infants and toddlers with, or at risk for, communication deficits and their families. Method The focus is on presenting the changing paradigm for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 2011
Collaborative Consultation in Natural Environments: Strategies to Enhance Family-Centered Supports and Services
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Juliann J. Woods
    Florida State University, Tallahassee
  • M. Jeanne Wilcox
    Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Mollie Friedman
    Florida State University, Tallahassee
  • Trudi Murch
    Southwest Human Development, Phoenix, AZ
  • Correspondence to Juliann J. Woods: jwoods@fsu.edu
  • Editor: Laura Justice
    Editor: Laura Justice×
  • Associate Editor: Donna Boudreau
    Associate Editor: Donna Boudreau×
Article Information
Development / Professional Issues & Training / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Clinical Forum: First Years, First Words—SLPs Providing Early Intervention Services
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 2011
Collaborative Consultation in Natural Environments: Strategies to Enhance Family-Centered Supports and Services
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2011, Vol. 42, 379-392. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/10-0016)
History: Received March 12, 2010 , Revised October 2, 2010 , Accepted February 13, 2011
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2011, Vol. 42, 379-392. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/10-0016)
History: Received March 12, 2010; Revised October 2, 2010; Accepted February 13, 2011
Web of Science® Times Cited: 16

Purpose This article presents current information on recommended practices related to the delivery of early intervention (EI) supports and services to infants and toddlers with, or at risk for, communication deficits and their families.

Method The focus is on presenting the changing paradigm for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in EI based on the best available research evidence and expert opinion. The article includes a brief review of the recommended and promising practices for early communication intervention and applies the content to the role of the SLP as a consultant to caregivers. It provides strategies for “how to” join into the everyday activities/routines and places with the caregiver and child in order to facilitate caregiver-implemented intervention that will enhance caregiver–child interactions and promote the child’s participation and learning. The importance of, and strategies for, collaborative consultation with diverse caregivers within a family-centered approach is presented.

Implications This article provides important and timely information for professionals and families related to family-centered EI practices, caregiver-implemented interventions, adult teaching strategies, and collaborative consultation with families of infants and toddlers with, or at risk for, communication deficits. SLPs can use the information presented to inform their practices when working with these young children and their families.

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