Strengthening Parent-Professional Collaboration through Communication

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Dr. Johanna Higgins is an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. She coordinates the graduate program in Early Childhood Special Education. Dr. Higgins has served in various roles supporting individuals with disabilities across the lifespan in home, school and community settings. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and strives to promote interdisciplinary teaming and collaboration, specifically between behavior analysts and professionals working in other disciplines. Currently, Dr. Higgins interests include early childhood personnel preparation, innovative online teaching methods, technology use to enhance caregiver-provider communication, parent training and the application of Project ImPACT to support children with autism. Dr. Higgins earned both her doctorate (2014) and master of education (2007) in special education, early intervention at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her bachelor's degree at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, in 2005.

This presentation covers:

  1. Rationale for strengthening communication 
  2. What the law (IDEA) says about communication 
  3. 5 strategies for strengthening communication
    1. Setting yourself up for successful communication
    2. Assess communication with your current team 
    3. Identify critical areas to communicate about
    4. Determine method of effective communication
    5. Assess communication and effectiveness over time

Cost of event: $10