Communicating with Families: Best Practices for Working with Families who have Infants

What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module?  Identify your source (reading or video) as you develop the list.

Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

 

 

44 thoughts on “Communicating with Families: Best Practices for Working with Families who have Infants”

  1. This week I read (gudrais, 2012) which talked about touchpoint, how it helps the family and the reasons behind it. Touchpoint is a system set up where there are child professionals to connect with and help the families. I think this is very helpful because a lot of families dont know where or how to get resources and this is a great place to begin. This is good for families with infants because the professionals help teach the parents signs to look out for in their child before they know how to talk to them.

    1. Jenna — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. TouchPoints helps professionals find ways to talk about their children and focus on a child’s development; I wonder, can you see yourself using TouchPoints as an infant teacher?

  2. The best practice that I learned this week was you can connect to the families through the child. Use the child to get along with other, get along with the child you form a partnership with them to help the child and parents. Use touchpoints to help you even more because they look at the failures to help improve yourself.

    1. Karen – Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, how does TouchPoints use the child to connect with the family & infant teacher? I wonder, can you see yourself using the TouchPoints approach as an infant teacher?

  3. The best practice for working with infants from the reading Gudrais (2012) and video
    Watch What is TouchPoints? They discuss that touchpoints enable parents and caregivers to closely observe and support one another in gaining a better knowledge of a child’s needs, strengths, and emerging capacities.

    The parent is the expert on their child but as caregivers, teachers, doctors, etc. we are the professional experts in our area. So, by combining these two factors and working together, we are able to achieve the greatest possible result for the child. Through the child, you can connect with the family. Touchpoints can assist you into realizing your faults and mistakes.

    Touchpoints also use a child’s behavior as language, this for me is one of the best methods and is vital information. Children use their actions to communicate their needs. If we’re able to read their cues the child would feel safe and they would adapt to the environment. Sometimes children are unable to vocally identify the problem or choose what to do in a given scenario, children may have difficulty communicating. In these situations, children may act out their feelings or needs. For a number of causes, children engage in a variety of problematic behaviors. For example, being able to identify if a child is crying because they are hungry or maybe needs a diaper change. Every human behaviour is part of their communication, when were sad, angry happy ect.

    1. Madeline — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. I wonder, how does TouchPoints use a child’s behavior as language? As an infant teacher, I wonder, can you envision yourself using the TouchPoints approach?

  4. According to the ” What is touchpoints ?” video it is important to make famailies comfortable with you which will make them more willing to partnering with you to create an excelling environment for their children .

    You can apply this information with infants because their parents are the experts on the child by applying this to certain scenarios it allows the caregivers and families to collaborate for the better good of the child . It proves that we care and are willing to work with them through these vulnerable stages of their child’s life .

    1. Jayda — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. Ensuring families feel comfortable with infant teachers is essential for many reasons. I wonder, what can an infant teacher do to ensure families feel comfortable with them?

  5. The best practice that I learned this week TouchPoints helps families and teachers connect on a different level and they can connect more. Families are more important and they know best about their child teachers have to work with them.

    1. Leana — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, how can infant teachers remember that families are the expert on their child? I wonder, how can infant teachers “connect on a different level” and “connect more” (Andino, 2022) with families using the TouchPoints approach?

  6. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module? Identify your source (reading or video) as you develop the list.
    The best practice for working with families who have infants from the reading and video is a touchpoint. The touchpoints method considers a true relationship between parents and providers as crucial as medical knowledge.

    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?
    The information can help children to develop with their caregivers. The brain and a child’s capacity to learn, engage with others, and cope with everyday pressures and hurdles are influenced by early life experiences.

    1. Tory — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, why does the TouchPoints approach consider a true relationship with families as crucial (Sen, 2022)? I wonder, how does the TouchPoints approach support children’s “capacity to learn, engage with others, and cope with everyday pressures and hurdles” (Sen, 2022)?

  7. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module? Identify your source (reading or video) as you develop the list.

    One of the best practices for working with families who have infants is that touch approach makes parents feel valued, and that the people who care for their children are listening to them and taking their viewpoints into account.

    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

    That professionals who work for childcare use their story to connect with families is which is a great idea.

    1. Khadii — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, why is it important for families to “feel valued” and ” like the people who care for their children and taking their viewpoints into account” (Sankanou, 2022)?

  8. something i learn in this week module is about touchpoints and ways to connect with the childs and with the familes.

    1. Guadalupe — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, how can infant teachers use the Touch Points approach to connect with families?

  9. According to Gudrais (2010), the best practices when working with families is to apply the touchpoints method. This method creates a genuine connection between families and educators, which in return is beneficial to babies. Showing compassion and support to families will alleviate parental stress becuase families will feel seen and heard.

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