This session provides an opportunity to discuss relationships among families and service providers from different agencies and programs working together to provide coordinated inclusive services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Facilitation teams need to represent the perspectives of families as well as service providers from early care and education and early intervention, so that collaborative interactions are modeled. The audience should also reflect this diversity of roles. Use the process of developing ground rules to create a safe environment in which to discuss collaboration in a nonjudgmental way.
This session builds on the Family-Service Provider Collaboration and Leadership Model presented in the Building Relationships with Families section. In that session, we explored the relationship between families and service providers. In this session, we will focus on the relationships among service providers, as well as their relationships with families, looking at how we work together to support families with infants and toddlers with disabilities.