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Module Two: Lesson Two

The Interview

3 women talkingThe interview itself begins with families reporting on their routines first. This sets the stage for respecting families' points of view. Child care staff report on "classroom" routines second, if the team is lucky enough to be able to interview both the family and the child care staff at the same meeting.

One or two people can conduct the interview. It is helpful to have a second person to take notes; perhaps score a developmental tool, based on the reports of child functioning in routines; keep children occupied; and help ask questions. Any questions should be asked during discussions of routines; specialists do not have a time when they ask all the questions pertaining to their discipline.

Professionals withhold giving advice, so they do not become the expert and change the balance of listening. Because once the family starts getting advice, they are less likely to be forthcoming confidently about what goes on during their routines.

Routines-Based Interview

  • Families report on their routines first
  • Staff report on classroom routines second
  • Specialists ask questions and provide information during discussions of routines
  • Staff withhold giving advice


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