Observation Toolkit for Mental Health Consultants
Mental health consultants often find themselves working in Head Start and child care programs that have received training on the Teaching Pyramid—a series of evidence-based strategies for promoting social emotional development in children from infancy through age five.
The Teaching Pyramid was developed and disseminated through the Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and their partner the Technical Assistance Center for Social Emotional Interventions (TACSEI).
This toolkit provides mental health consultants with tools that they can use to help teachers and program managers to realize the full potential of the Teaching Pyramid framework.
Mental health consultants who are working in Head Start and child care programs that have not been trained in the Teaching Pyramid model can also benefit from these tools as these work with teachers in infant/toddler and preschool classrooms. Brief forms of the Teaching Pyramid Infant Toddler Observation Scale (TPITOS) and the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool can help consultants structure observations and provide specific feedback to teachers on improving the social emotional climate in their classrooms.