Module 3 Hints for Activities

Activity 3.1a: Describe the dilemma

Communication

Activity 3.2a: Turn the dilemma into an answerable question

For early childhood professionals (P), are communication practices (I) effective in promoting collaboration with other professionals and families (O)?

Activity 3.3a: Identify examples of attending and active listening

View Handout 3.3: Communication Practices Observation Checklist – Answer Key for answer guidelines.

Activity 3.4a: Identify examples of seeking and verifying information

View Handout 3.3: Communication Practices Observation Checklist – Answer Key for answer guidelines.

Activity 3.5a: Identify examples of joining and supporting

View Handout 3.3: Communication Practices Observation Checklist – Answer Key for answer guidelines.

Activity 3.6a: Apply the research to practice

Consider the research settings, characteristics of the participants, and the communication strategies and outcomes examined.

Activity 3.7a: Consider the policy on communication

Consider the IDEA statutory requirements for teams developing IEPs/IFSPs and the Head Start Performance Standards.

Activity 3.8a: Listen to experience-based knowledge

  1. Listening
  2. Openness
  3. Difference between talking & communicating, body language, developing empathy

Activity 3.9a: Consider the unique contexts

What type of classroom is it?  How does Shawanda feel about Ashley?  Has she been carrying out the suggestions made by Ashley?  How does Ashely feel about Shawanda?  Does she feel frustrated?

Activity 3.10a: Use evidence-based practice decision making

  1.  
    1. See the Bottomline of the Handout 3.4: Research Summary on Communication Practices for Collaboration
    2. Emphasis on collaboration and teaming
    3. Listening, openness, body language, empathy
  2. Shawanda respects and likes Ashley (therapist) but […].   Ashley values collaboration […].  
  3. Given that Shawanda and Ashley have established a friendly relationship, they should try to explore the concerns they each have using the strategies related to [which category?].
  4. The research is somewhat relevant to the program and family context.  Although there are no formal policies that directly address communication, the emphasis in policies on teaming and collaboration support the importance of using effective communication practices with families and other professionals.  A panel of respected experts endorses the importance of using effective communication strategies.  Given the weight of the evidence, a recommendation could be for Shawanda and/or Ashley to […].

Activity 3.11a: Implementation plan for seeking and verifying information from the therapist

No hint provided.

Activity 3.12a: Evaluation a communication implementation plan

Shawanda’s comments on the implementation plan represent effective communication examples