Explore this resource for strategies around talking with a family about their child's development to strengthen your partnerships.
These resources support family service providers, home visitors, and other Head Start staff in engaging families when there are developmental concerns about their child. The resources address the initial conversations about screenings and developmental concerns and describe the referral and evaluation process. Engaging families in collaborative conversations about developmental concerns is more than just having a meeting or completing a form; it’s an ongoing process and an essential part of staff relationship with families.
Explore ways to prepare and engage families when conversations include challenging topics.
Consider strategies for engaging families in conversations about sensitive topics, including developmental concerns.
This chapter focuses on how your program screens recently enrolled children with disabilities or suspected delays.
This chapter describes how to support families and their children through what is often an unfamiliar, and maybe scary, referral process.
This vignette provides guidance for supporting children who do not qualify for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) services.
Learn how to engage families when they have concerns that a child is at risk for a disability or developmental delay, communicating the benefits of screenings and providing support when children will need further evaluation.
Learn more about the Head Start Program Performance Standards as they relate to interim services. Identify ways to put these standards into practice.
In this interactive simulation, practice using relationship-based communications skills to raise and discuss concerns about a child’s development with the family.
Watch this short video to find out about a family’s experience when they learn that their child has a special need. Reflect on ways to strengthen partnerships with families like this one.