S411 – Family and Professional Collaboration in Early Childhood Special Education

2 Credit Hours

This course examines the impact of disability on families
who have young children (birth through age five) with special
needs. It also explores the interdependent influence of
family, culture, and community on the development and
education of young children with disabilities. Areas of study
include Family Systems theory, family-centered practice,
family-professional partnerships, professional collaboration
and teaming, and family-community engagement.

Specifically, students will explore historical and cultural
perspectives on families of young children with disabilities,
legal and philosophical foundations for family participation
in the education of young children with disabilities, and
conceptualizations of family-centered practice. Elements
of effective family-professional partnerships are examined
as well as social, cultural, linguistic, and economic considerations
for family-professional partnerships. Models and
strategies for collaborating with families and other professionals,
including paraprofessionals, particularly as they
relate to family-centered practice, Individualized Family
Service Plans (IFSP) and Individualized Education Plans
(IEP), family-community engagement, child and family outcomes
are emphasized.

Programs that require this course: