Early childhood is considered a critical but often vulnerable period in a child’s development where early identification and intervention can be crucial for improving children’s developmental outcomes. Systems and family-centred perspectives are vital to support families and build their capacities to lead normalized lives with improved family quality of life. This book explores the family-centred practices and systems factors which influence families’ experiences raising children with complex needs. It also considers the ways in which professionals can work with families to build and support parent and child competence. Conceptual and practical work from Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States present descriptions of and implications for different family system frameworks and early-childhood programs. Contributors in this edited volume bring together contemporary information that bridges the research to practice gap in supporting families of young children with disabilities or delays.
This book will attract the attention scholars of Parenting and Families; Child Development and Childcare.
1.Family Systems and Family-Centred Practices in Early Childhood Intervention (Hanan Sukkar, Jane Kirkby and Carl J. Dunst)
II.Foundations for Working with Young Children and their Families
2.Early Intervention for Young Children with Developmental Delays: Contributions of the Developmental Systems Approach (Michael J. Guralnick)
3.Family Systems Early Childhood Intervention (Carl J. Dunst)
4.Desirable Outcomes Associated With Family-Centred Practices for Young Children with Disabilities (Ian Dempsey and Deb Keen)
III.Understanding Families and Family-Early Childhood Practitioner Relationships
5.Family Composition and Family Needs in Australia: What Makes a Family? (Sara Holman)
6.Reimagining Family Partnerships: Shifting Practice From a Focus on Disadvantage to a Focus on Engagement and Empowerment (Anne Kennedy)
7.Working with Families to Develop Parent-Professional Partnerships: Implications for Professional Preparation (Hanan Sukkar)
IV.Working with Families and Young Children in Australia
8.Working with Families in Early Childhood Intervention: Family-Centred Practices in an Individualised Funding Landscape (Christine Johnston, Denise Luscombe and Loraine Fordham)
9.Development of Community-Based Services for Children with Disabilities and their Familie (John Forster)
10.Working with Families in Schools (Wendy Goff and June McLoughlin)
V.Working with Families and Young Children in Other Countries
11.Family Systems and Family-Centred Intervention Practices in Portugal and Spain: Iberian Reflections on Early Childhood Intervention (Ana M. Serrano, Joana M. Mas, Margarita Cañadas and Climent Giné)
12.Implementing Family-Centred Practices in Childhood Disability Services in Manitoba, Canada (Diane Hiebert-Murphy, Barry Trute and Alexandra Wright)
13.Family Experiences of Early Childhood Intervention Services for Young Children with Speech and Language Needs in England (Carolyn Blackburn)
VI.Conclusions and Future Directions
14.Contributions of Family Systems and Family-Centred Practices for Informing Improvements in Early Childhood Intervention (Carl J. Dunst, Hanan Sukkar, Jane Kirkby)
This series focuses on issues, challenges and empirical best practices surrounding evolving families that impact upon their survival, development and outcomes. The aim of this series is twofold: (1) to showcase the diversity of evolving families and the multiple factors that make up the function of families and their evolution across time, systems and cultures; (2) to build on preventative, interventionist, engagement and recovery methods for the promotion of healthy and successful evolving families across generations, social and political contexts and cultures.
Each book in this series will present a coherent view of at least one theme of the evolving families with the intention to articulate meaningful empirical research that informs best practice in sustaining evolving families and their future. Possible themes can be around (but not limited to) cultural and racial backgrounds, disabilities, social and economic disadvantage, stress, inter-generational mobility, grief, transitions, internal and external conflicts, and policies affecting families. The books will also derive its contents from dialogues between researchers and practitioners and inspire further intellectual debate amongst its readers. All books in the series will address relevant research and practice from around the world, and whilst the books will be allowed to have their own unique feature, each will provide a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to the evolving families of this millennia.