Strengthening Parent-Professional Collaboration through Communication

This presentation will cover:

  1. Rationale for strengthening communication between parents and professionals
  2. What does the law (IDEA) say about communication with families
  3. 5 strategies for strengthening parent-professional communication
    1. Setting yourself up for successful communication
    2. Assess current communication with your child's team members
    3. Identify critical areas to communicate with the team about
    4. Determine method of communication effectively with team members
    5. Assess communication and effectiveness over time

November 21, 2019: 12 pm HST (THURSDAY)


Strengthening Parent-Professional Collaboration through Communication


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.


$20 for non-members

$5 for members

This event will be recorded & will be available for 30 days after the event.