ABSTRACT

Diversity refers to many aspects of family life – for example, culture, language, family history, and disability. These aspects of family life are important to understand because they guide the goals parents have for their children, family values and attitudes, as well as caregiving practices. Families in EHS-HBO come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and histories. Additionally, EHS-HBO is dedicated to serving infants/toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and their families as a part of the diverse population receiving services. This chapter will explore the CUPID competency Diversity and Inclusion with an Emphasis on Supporting Families of Infants/Toddlers with Special Needs (CUPID, 2017; Roggman et al., 2016). Competency Using strength-based, family-centered, and collaborative practices to support infants and toddlers with special needs, guided by requirements of IDEA Part C, including implementing screening and referrals, and working with other professionals to identify and implement the best supports for children Knowledge Expanded knowledge of how culture and prior family experiences affect home life in family interactions, routines, and other activities; expanded knowledge of child and parent rights Skills Individualize to each family’s culture and home language to help parents reflect on how their culture, values, and family history influence their parenting and decisions about their child, and to guide parent to use the family’s traditions as opportunities to support child development. Skills to help parents understand policies and child and parent rights, available services, information about common disabilities, and strategies to adapt to natural environments Attitudes Attitudes of respect for differing perspectives, values, and beliefs about home life. Attitudes that support family centered practice in the natural environment

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