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Understanding the Child and Sharing What You Know

Open, thoughtful communication among families, educational teams, community members, and health care providers promotes a common understanding of a child or youth’s preferences, medical history, communication methods, routines, and goals.

It also supports collaborative problem-solving and helps everyone involved with a child to communicate with them and provide instruction in a consistent way.

The use of technologies such as Google Docs and YouTube, as well as portfolios, experience books, shared notebooks (e.g., between home and school), and structured meetings (e.g., person-centered planning), makes it easy to share information and work together across environments.

See also: Person-Centered Planning

Caroline Daley explains how clear communication among her family, community members, and educators benefits her daughter, Lauren.