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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Supporting Parent-Professional Collaboration through Strength-Based Assessment

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Presenting: Paul LeBuffe

All Authors for this paper: Paul LeBuffe; Valerie Shapiro

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Effective and sustainable parent-professional collaboration depends not only on the attitudes and values of practitioners, but on access to empirically sound tools that elicit, structure, and sustain such partnerships. In this presentation, an early childhood assessment designed to promote collaboration will be introduced. The ways in which these tools facilitate collaboration through data collection, analysis, presentation, and strategy planning will be presented. This paper will provide the context for the remaining two papers to be presented.

Cross-Setting Consistent and Setting Specific Strength Behaviors in Preschoolers: Influence on Reported Concerns

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Presenting: Scott Rosas

All Authors for this paper: Scott Rosas; Lynn Chaiken; Jane Case

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This study examined the influence of preschool childrenÕs strength behaviors on levels of teacher- and parent-reported behavior concerns. Using the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment, data on 1,596 children from Head Start and state funded preschools were collected from teachers and parents. Three levels of behavior concerns were examined in relation to cross-setting consistent and setting specific strength behaviors. Overall, MANOVA results revealed children with higher levels of behavior concerns had fewer strengths. However, cross-setting consistent strengths had a larger influence on levels of both teacher- and parent-reported behavior concerns. Results have implications for integration of information from multiple raters to reduce problem behaviors.

Early Childhood Collaborative Partnerships in Southwest Missouri

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Presenting: Paul Thomlinson

All Authors for this paper: Paul Thomlinson; Sandra D'Angelo; Connie Maples

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Two examples of partnerships addressing early childhood mental health by the ÒShow Me KidsÓ System of Care project will be discussed in this presentation. First, parent educators work through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs to provide screening, education (particularly in brain development and its relationship to social and emotional skills), and referral services to caregivers of at-risk children through a partnership with a mental health agency. Second, Head Start, Early Childhood and Kindergarten programs, and the mental health center share a research agenda to create a regional description of childrenÕs social and emotional readiness for school.

Establishing Effective Partnerships in Early Childhood Systems with Families and across Agencies

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Session Number: 31 Room: Salon I

Presenting: Lori Connors-Tadros

All Authors for this paper: Lori Connors-Tadros

Presentation Type: brief symposium

Synopsis: This presentation will review barriers to collaboration that occur through the use of deficit-focused instruments and undeveloped methodologies for utilizing behavioral ratings from multiple informants or across settings. Measures such as the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA), the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), and the Parent Stress Index (PSI) will be considered for their potential to promote collaboration across agencies and with families. Presentations will explore statistical strategies for making rater-comparisons, data-based strategies for integrating and utilizing assessments across raters and settings, and practical strategies for cross-agency partnerships to promote effective work with families and efficient system enhancement.

Date: Monday, March 5, 2007

Session Time: 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM