The principles and values of shared decision-making, family and professional partnerships, and collaboration advocated for Part C services have resulted in the development of new models and methodologies. Family-guided Approaches to Collaborative Early-intervention Training and Services addresses the challenges associated with delivery of family-guided intervention by providing "how-to" information for family members, early interventionists, specialty disciplines and administrators.
FACETS provides "how-to" information for family members, early interventionists, specialty disciplines and administrators.
Research identifies the relevance of the child/family's daily routines as a context for assessment - intervention. Utilizing the child's and family's daily routines embraces the uniqueness of intervention on functional, developmentally appropriate child skills. FACETS addresses the assurance of meaningful family participation and decision making in the service delivery process and offers strategies for assuring effective interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration.
The aproach is "family-guided" because family members guide the process by determining their own priorities.
The approach is "family-guided" because family members guide the process by determining their own priorities and preferences providing them the opportunity to make meaningful choices in interventions. This outreach model builds on the Southeast Kansas Birth to Three Early Education Programs for Children with Disabilities model demonstration project and the training content and procedures validated in the FACETS outreach training project (1993-1997). This experience with direct service provision and training provides the foundation for the "next-generation" of practice.
FACETS consists of five replicable, interacting components:
- Family-guided Activity Based Intervention;
- Using Daily Routines as a Context for Intervention;
- Developmentally Appropriate, Child Centered Intervention Strategies;
- Involving Careproviders in Teaching/Learning; and
- Interagency/ Interdisciplinary Team Planning and Progress Monitoring.
These components have been demonstrated to be effective and are supported by print and/or video materials allowing each to be adopted and replicated. Participating outreach sites will prioritize the components that best match self-identified needs. Outreach training and follow-up assistance will be provided to each site. This project will combine on-site visits to each participating outreach site with distance learning follow-up. Ongoing contact will be maintained within individual program technical assistance plans. Outreach training and follow-up assistance will be provided to five new outreach sites per year, or a total of at least 15 programs over the three year funding period.
This bulletin has been developed to provide potential outreach sites information about Project FACETS.