Papers & Workshops



Professional and Family Collaboration: Strategies to Facilitate Effective Teamwork in the Interdisciplinary Early Intervention Setting


Dr. Theresa Arceneaux Rheams, Dr. Adrienne Bethancourt and Dr. Carl Ferguson

Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA

Professional and family collaboration in the interdisciplinary early intervention setting is essential to the provision of quality services for young children with disabilities. This session will address the need for collaborative teamwork and strategies to facilitate effective team functioning. Participants will be provided with, information, materials and practical strategies they can in their early intervention programs. These will be useful in efforts toward effective team building in the early intervention setting. The presenters will develop awareness and knowledge of the following fundamental principles of effective teamwork in the early intervention setting: (a) reaching consensus on program philosophy and goals, (b) recognizing the necessity of family involvement as team members and the unique contributions the family can make as members of the team, (c) setting aside time for team planning,(d) communicating effectively, (e) clearly defining roles for each team member, (f) designating a group facilitator, and (g) developing positive interpersonal relationships with other team members.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Overhead Projector, TV/VCR