EIEC Webinar: The Power of Parenting for Young Children with Disabilities: A Parent-Child Interaction Measurement Tool, Research Findings and Suggestions for Use


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

Webinar Description:

All children benefit from positive parenting behaviors that support early child development. Although early intervention programs realize the importance of supporting parent-child interaction as part of family-centered practice, it has not yet become an explicit emphasis of most early intervention programs. The lack of easy-to-use psychometrically strong parenting measures is one limitation that may play a role in early intervention program efforts to increase their focus on parenting. The Parenting Interactions with Children: Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes (PICCOLO) provides a practical observation measure of developmentally supportive parenting with young children. We tested the reliability and validity of this measure with parents of children with an identified disability.

This webinar will present psychometric and administration information on the PICCOLO and its use as an assessment tool with parents and children where the child has an identified disability Comparative research with the PICCOLO will highlight the importance of parenting for children with disabilities. Strategies for using the PICCOLO in practice will be described. This information will be useful to anyone interested in early intervention with families who have a child with a disability and families where the parent may have a disability. The message for the field is that common parenting behaviors, in which parents typically engage, are important predictors of later outcomes for children with identified disabilities, and these parenting behaviors need to play a more salient role in Part C services.



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Mark S. Innocenti, PhD  is Director of the Research and Evaluation Division at the Center for Persons with Disabilities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and an Associate Professor in Psychology in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. Mark has over 30 years of experience working with infants and young children at-risk and with disabilities and their families through multiple research and model demonstration projects. He has served as Principal Investigator on a number of research projects including the ten-year Longitudinal Institute on the Effects and Costs of Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities, the Bilingual Early Language and Literacy Support (BELLS) Project, and the Cache County site of the National Children's Study. Mark has worked on demonstration and training projects that have examined areas such as social interaction, child transition, naturalistic intervention, parent-child interaction, and service systems. Mark is a Past-President for the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of CEC, and served on the Board of Directors for CEC and AUCD. He is a member of the Academy of Zero to Three Fellows.











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