Practitioners who work with the 0-3-year old population are presented with a unique opportunity to support families whose children are going through a period of rapid development. During this period, children’s daily routines and their primary caregivers are their best teachers. Interrupting these naturally occurring processes and learning opportunities through the insertion of therapist-driven strategies and tools is detrimental to the child’s development and the caregiver-child relationship. Early intervention services are required to be dynamic, individualized, and functional with family-driven priorities at the heart of every interaction. Aligning with the key principles of Early Intervention, the RFT values of autonomy, relationship, intrinsic motivation, individualized care, and competence allow a dynamic relationship where the caregiver is supported in being the agent of change. The speakers will introduce and expand upon the basic principles of RFT and demonstrate how they fit with the values of Early Intervention. They will use case studies to discuss ways in which to integrate RFT principles into daily therapy interactions that are commonly seen on the Early Intervention caseload.
DURATION: 2 hours