A. Definition

Partnership-oriented practices include: Enhanced communication, high expectations, respect, commitment, equality, and advocacy. Partnership-oriented practices encompass both a child focus and family focus. This means that it is essential to demonstrate partnership-oriented practices in interacting with children and parents. The family focus builds upon a foundation of practitioners being able to demonstrate effective basic communication skills with adults (described in Module 3). The child focus builds upon a foundation of practitioners being able to engage in practices that demonstrate effective teaching. Figure 1 is a Family-Professional Partnership Framework that illustrates this definition.

Figure 1

Figure 1 Family-Professional Partnership Framework

 

Video 4.3: Description of family-professional partnership framework

Dr. Ann Turnbull, Distinguished Professor, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Beach Center on Disability, describes the family-professional partnership framework to illustrate partnership-oriented practices. (running time: 3 min. 19 sec.)