Working Together: Communication Skills for Families, Early Childhood Educators, and Other Professionals

Carole Abbott, Carmy Greenwood

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This module is part of an updated version of Florida's popular series, the Model for Interdisciplinary Training for Children with Handicaps (MITCH). It was developed to assist Florida school districts in providing interdisciplinary training and resources to families, degreed and nondegreed early childhood educators, and health care providers and other related service personnel who work with young children, including children with disabilities. The series addresses the needs of children ages birth to five years and consists of 13 modules, each designed to be presented in three hours. A preface outlines changes and additions that were made in developing the new modules. The user's guide presents an overview of the series and information about the instructor's role and qualifications, the 3-hour training sessions, the use of videotapes and theme music, and a description of the contents of each module. In the first session of this module participants will gain a basic understanding of the nature of communication, including nonverbal communication, listening skills, and roadblocks to communication. In the second session they will learn about assertive communication techniques, including the meaning of assertiveness, components of assertive communication, how to say "no", and how to become more confident by becoming more competent. In the final session participants will learn how to work effectively with others toward common goals by understanding the steps in problem-solving, how to give praise, and how to work effectively in teams. The training manual for each module includes goals and objectives of the module, a list of equipment and supplies needed, a complete script, instructions for activities, a resource list, and reproducible forms and handouts in English and Spanish. 

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Carole Abbott, Carmy Greenwood. Working Together: Communication Skills for Families, Early Childhood Educators, and Other Professionals (2001). Florida Department of Education: Tallahassee, FL. (120 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: Florida Department of Education

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Formats Available: Printed Material

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(For trainers who reside in Florida, the materials are free, and for trainers outside Florida, it can be ordered, please phone for current price. Material is also available online, click on "full text" button )

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