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Element 1: Respect and Trust (continued)

Tips for How to Explore Culture and Beliefs

Talk and listen to a family’s reflections about the following areas. Possible ways to approach each area are included.

  • Communication and interaction styles
    • How does your family solve problems?
    • How are decisions made?
  • Family roles and styles
    • Who are the important people in your lives?
    • How do things get done around the house?
    • Who provides nurturing?
    • Who sets rules?
    • What are your feelings about discipline?
    • How do members of the family view Rafael’s (child’s name) challenges?
  • Natural support networks and formal supports such as service agencies
    • Who is called when the family needs help or wants to talk?
    • Who have you found that is supportive?
  • Attitudes toward seeking help from education and health care providers and how it may affect their feelings about consultation
    • How do you feel about coming for help?
    • What have your family members or friends said about seeking help?
    • Have you sought help before? How did it work out?
    • What have you heard about the ways to help young children with these types of challenges?”
  • Expectations for consultation and their role in the process
    • What do you want to change after we work together?
    • How do you see yourself working with me and the teacher?
    • What should we work on first?
    • Do you think that this will make a difference

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