- Promote a relationship in which the family and professionals work together to ensure the appropriate services for the child.
- Recognize and respect the knowledge, skills and experience that each team member brings to the relationship.
- Develop positive communication skills to create a productive atmosphere.
- Acknowledge that the development of trust is a vital part of the collaborative process.
- Be assertive, but not aggressive. Say what you believe without anger or emotions.
- Facilitate open communication so that families and professionals feel free to express themselves. Listen to each member’s points of view.
- Recognize that negotiation is essential in a collaborative relationship.
- Bring to the partnership, the mutual commitment of families, professionals and others to meet the needs of children with special needs.
- Always stay focused on the educational program for your child.
K. K. Bishop
Family Centered Care Network