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Children's Medical Services - Special services for children with special needs
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Module One: Lesson Three

Family Involvement

photo of family with circles around themIn lesson one of this module, you were introduced to Early Steps as a family-centered system that recognizes involving families as essential in the early intervention process. A family-centered orientation is based on the recognition that the family is the constant, central force in the child's life, and, therefore, has far-reaching implications on the child's development and well-being.

It is critical that family involvement occur in all aspects of the early intervention process and extend beyond taking an active role in planning services and promoting their own child's development and learning in a family-centered service delivery system. Family involvement also means family members are actively involved in many leadership roles to enhance the services and the quality of life for young children with special needs and their families. Family involvement includes opportunities for family members to serve on state and local interagency planning councils and task forces, serve as staff to state agencies and local programs, act as trainers, and provide support, networking, and advocacy opportunities for other families.

Next, the elements of a family-centered system are presented with considerations for practice.


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