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Recommended Reading

Barrera, I, & Corso, R. (2003). Skilled dialogue: Strategies for responding to cultural diversity in early childhood (pp.241-244). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co

Focused on cross-cultural interactions in early childhood, this book identifies specific questions and strategies that early intervention providers can ask to clarify common situations encountered in early childhood programs. Consideration of these questions can lead to respectful interactions with family members and colleagues from diverse cultures by increasing early intervention providers’ awareness of another person’s boundaries and by identifying information to help smooth out “cultural bumps.” The text includes numerous examples and strategies to use when interacting with families and/or colleagues. http://www.brookespublishing.com/store/books/barrera-6377/index.htm

Dunst, C., Trivette, C., Humphries, T., Raab, M. & Roper, N. (2001). Contrasting approaches to natural learning environment interventions. Infants and Young Children, 14(2), 48-63.

A three dimensional model of natural environment interventions compares early childhood practices that are contextually vs. noncontextually based, adult or child directed, and early intervention provider vs. non early intervention provider implemented.

Hanft, B., Rush, D., & Shelden, M. (2004). Coaching families and colleagues in early childhood. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

This is a practical guide that illustrates how coaching can help early intervention providers support families and share knowledge and experience with colleagues in partnerships which emphasize reflection and interpersonal communication. Five steps to coaching- initiation, observation, action, reflection, and evaluation- are discussed and illustrated with family/provider vignettes and reproducible forms. http://www.brookespublishing.com/store/books/hanft-7225/index.htm

Parlakian, R. (2001). The power of questions: Building quality relationships with families. Washington, DC: Zero to Three.

This concise guide discusses how to use the three core principles of reflective supervision- reflection, collaboration and regularity- as the building blocks of strong parent/provider relationships. Ten specific guidelines are offered to build reflective relationships with parents and other caregivers while reinforcing their interactions with their children.

Edelman, L. (2000). Just being kids. Denver, CO: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. (video, distributed by: Western Media Products, 800-232-8902, www.media-products.com)

This video and facilitators guide highlights how early intervention was provided within natural environments (i.e., bathing, sliding and swinging at the playground, shopping at the grocery store, playing in the kitchen and living room of the family home) for six different children and their families. The facilitator’s guide offers a wealth of questions to prompt small group discussion, as well as handouts and an extensive bibliography.


This website was established by the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute in North Carolina to create a bridge between research evidence and early childhood intervention practices. The information, posted specifically for parents, therapists, early childhood educators, and early interventionists, includes:

Bridges are practice-centered research syntheses of topics related to early childhood development.

Bottomlines are one- to two-page summaries of the practice-based research syntheses. The summaries, written in simple language in a newspaper article format, are designed for practitioners and parents.

Solutions Practice Guides offer downloadable brochures and information briefs for families that suggest activities to achieve the outcomes described in the Bridges research synthesis. Other formats include video and PowerPoint presentations in which the relationship between characteristics of the practice and the results that can be expected is carefully explained.






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