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Effective Communication for Interdisciplinary Teaming

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Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

The trainees share out loud from the assignment they prepared in advance of class (see below). The purpose of the activity is to highlight how the use of discipline specific jargon and acronyms can interfere with communication on an interdisciplinary team. After everyone shares, the trainees discuss the concept as it relates to interdisciplinary teaming. Assignment: Write two statements: 1) discipline-specific information written in language that others on the interdisciplinary team might not understand; and 2) the same discipline-specific information written in language that everyone on the interdisciplinary team should understand.

What are the expected learning outcomes for trainees?

The learning objectives for this activity are: 1) discriminate between discipline-specific terminology/jargon and interdisciplinary communication; 2) compare interdisciplinary interactions for each represented discipline; 3) discuss barriers to interdisciplinary teaming; and 4) describe the relationship between interdisciplinary teaming and family-professional partnership.

Briefly describe the positive impacts this activity has had on trainees.

The trainees state that bringing this issue to their awareness has helped them communicate more effectively with the interdisciplinary team (including family) in their verbal and written interactions. They realized that you can't assume other disciplines understand your terminology.

Briefly describe any lessons learned or challenges associated with implementing this activity.

Follow-up discussion is necessary to solidify the concept and to help he trainees develop strategies that they can carry forward into practice.

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