Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA
You guessed it – another COW (or Concept of the Week),is coming your way! We talk a lot about how changing just one thing to move toward natural, routines-based supports can make all the difference, and incorporating joint planning into your visits is a great place to start! Joint planning ensures that we’re working together with the family to map out each visit and that parents can actively participate in deciding how to use new knowledge and skills between coaching sessions. Here is the prompt we sent out – you can also refer to The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook if you want some more context….
You are on EI Easy Street when you develop a joint plan!
3 Parts of a Joint Plan
1. Revisit the previous plan (or make a new plan).
2. Identify how the parent will continue to use newly-learned skills or knowledge (as a result of the current intervention session).
3. Plan the activity setting for the next visit.
So, do you feel like you’re gliding down EI Easy Street, or do you find yourself on a detour somewhere else? Everyone is in a different place with this idea, so how does this work out for you? Let us know in the comments below!