Step 1: Dilemma

In Step 1 you will learn two viewpoints on a practice dilemma. The dilemma is about a child’s use of assistive technology in an inclusive setting from the perspectives of both the family child care provider and the family.

Meet Ms. Mary. She is a family child care provider who cares for four children ranging in age from 8 months to 3 years. She has a degree in early childhood education and is licensed to operate a family child care program in her home. Sophie is a 2-year-old girl in Ms. Mary’s care, who has language and physical delays and is just beginning to use assistive technology to communicate.

Watch the following videos to learn more as Ms. Mary and Sophie’s mother, Holly, describe their viewpoints on this dilemma. In Video 5.1 you will see Ms. Mary, the child care provider, interacting with Sophie’s mother, Holly, as well as with Sophie and two of her siblings, Jocelyn and Wes. In Video 5.2, you will see Holly and Sophie playing at home.

Video 5.1: The family childcare provider’s viewpoint

Ms. Mary, a family child care provider, shares a dilemma about her concerns of using communication boards with Sophie, a 2-year-old girl in her program.

Video 5.2: The family’s viewpoint

Holly, Sophie’s mother, shares her dilemma about sending Sophie to a family child care provider who does not have experience working with children who use assistive technology.