ECAE 7675T Supporting Diverse Families and Parent-Child Relationships
30 hours plus conference; 3 credits
Study of families developing relationships with their infants and young children with and without special needs beginning at their transition to parenting. Focus on helping parents/parent-figures understand their infant/young child's behavior and temperament; engagement in responsive and sensitive behaviors, and developmental guidance; assessment of the parent/parent-figure relationship with child; infant mental health; co-parenting relationship, and parents' own family history. Emphasis on urban, linguistic, and cultural perspectives, resource access, and development of parent-community partnerships. Students will develop skills to support positive parenting and to work collaboratively with parents and professionals including mental health providers. Field experiences in hospitals, home- and center- based early intervention programs, early childhood centers, inclusive early childhood special education classrooms settings and a variety of community settings.
Prerequisite: Early Childhood and Art Education 7101T and 7102T or permission of the program head.