Written by Julie Higginbotham, Senior Case Coordinator, Mecklenburg County CDSA
So there you are, an early interventionist, ready to go and meet a new family,……and there it is, a dog. Not just any dog, but one that seems sure that the two of you are going to be best friends (or the worst of enemies…but I digress). There are things that go through our minds as we envision this scenario, and here are some things to consider…..
|On the one hand……||On the other hand…..|
|You’re in the family’s home, and it might feel awkward to ask them to put the dog somewhere else.||This could be on the short list of boundaries that you would prefer remain uncrossed.|
|The dog is so sweet and just wants your attention.||It is becoming a bit too much to juggle the dog and your paperwork with the family.|
|The dog is clearly a big part of the family’s day-to-day life.||You’re already doing well getting outcomes that don’t happen to involve the dog.|
|You’re really scared of that dog.||Nope – you’re still really scared of that dog.|
Feel free to insert cat, bird, pig, horse, or any other animal that you may have encountered in your field experiences in early intervention. What’s your take? What do you think you should do? Leave us a comment – you might just help out a fellow professional as they’re looking into the eyes of a furry or four-legged friend at their next visit!
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