Joining and Supporting

Communication focused on joining and supporting are effective strategies that can be used throughout the process of working together with professionals and families. These communication strategies convey support, responsiveness to others’ ideas, and a genuine desire to work together to achieve mutual goals.

Watch the video and look for examples of how the teacher used joining and supporting strategies to develop mutual goals.

Video 3.5: Conversation with examples of joining and supporting

Andi, a Head Start teacher, and LeeMarie, a speech therapist, have a conversation about collaborating to address the learning goals of a 4-year-old child in Andi’s classroom. This is part three of a three-part conversation highlighting examples of joining and supporting communication strategies (running time 3 min. 13 sec.).