Seeking and Verifying Information

Seeking and verifying are effective communication strategies that can be used throughout the process of working together with professionals and families. Seeking and verifying information helps you to identify concerns and perspectives, and conveys an open and non-judgmental attitude.

Gathering information can happen informally in day-to-day conversations, or in more formal situations, such as team meetings with professionals and family members. The information that you gather now will help you later on as you work together to achieve mutual goals.

Watch the video and look for examples of how the teacher used seeking and verifying strategies to gather information.

Video 3.4: Conversation with examples of seeking and verifying information

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 two of a three-part conversation highlighting examples of seeking and verifying communication strategies (running time 2 min. 39 sec.).