Specific approaches used to ensure that important adults in the child's life (e.g., child care providers) are confident and competent in using agreed-upon strategies between intervention visits to promote the child's learning and development.
Collaborative coaching ensures that the important adults in a child's life can and will effectively use developmental approaches between visits.
Collaborative Coaching: Reflect on your practices….
How close are you to applying collaborative coaching approaches in your work? Consider each practice carefully to see the difference between traditional approaches and collaborative coaching approaches.
|Traditional Approaches||Collaborative Coaching Approaches|
|Focus on professional priorities for child development||Focus on family priorities for child development, integrating professional opinion with the family's priorities|
|Give the family specific strategies to promote child development||Develop and test approaches and strategies in collaboration with the family|
|Create strategies that require the interventionist, or another person not usually a part of the activity, to help the family member successfully apply the strategy||Create strategies that the family member can easily use when the interventionist is not present|
|Give the family a way to apply the strategies when the family already has a way to do so (e.g., suggest a turn-taking game)||Ask the family for ideas on how best to apply the strategies (e.g., ask the family for any interactive activities they like to play)|
|Work directly with the child while the parent either watches or “assists” by engaging the child in the activity||Interact with the child for the explicit purpose of demonstrating to the family how to use a strategy, and the child's response (or asking the family to identify the child's response)|
|Leave without knowing if the family understands, is comfortable with, and can effectively use the approaches||Have the family practice the strategies during the visit and share feedback so that both family and professional know the family can and will use them in between visits.|