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Parenting Support

Our work in supporting families, and parents in particular, has consisted of

  • The area of early intervention home visits, including a response-to-support approach;
  • Family-centered positive behavior support;
  • Family-centered early intervention; and
  • Comprehensive support to families through a center for parenting young children.
  • McWilliam, R. A., Lang, L., Vandiviere, P., Angell, R., Collins, L., & Underdown, G. (1995). Satisfaction and struggles: Family perceptions of early intervention services. Journal of Early Intervention, 19, 43-60.
  • Bailey, D. B., Jr., McWilliam, R. A., Darkes, L. A., Hebbler, K., Simeonsson, R. J., Spiker, D., & Wagner, M. (1998). Family outcomes in early intervention: A framework for program evaluation and efficacy research.Exceptional Children, 64, 313-328.
  • McWilliam, R. A., Ferguson, A., Harbin, G. L., Porter, P., Munn, D., & Vandiviere, P. (1998). The family-centeredness of individualized family service plans.Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 18, 69-82.
  • McWilliam, R. A., Tocci, L., & Harbin, G. L. (1998). Family-centered services: Service providers’ discourse and behavior.Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 18, 206-221.
  • McWilliam, R. A., Maxwell, K. L., & Sloper, K. M. (1999). Beyond “involvement�?: Are elementary schools ready to be family centered? School Psychology Review, 28, 378-394. 
  • McWilliam, R. A., Snyder, P., Harbin, G. L., Porter, P., & Munn, D. (2000). Professionals’ and families’ perceptions of family-centered practices in infant-toddler services. Early Education & Development, 11 (Special Issue: Families and Exceptionality), 519-538.
  • Turnbull, A. P., Summers, J. A., Turnbull, R., Brotherson, M. J., Winton, P., Roberts, R., Snyder, P., McWilliam, R., Chandler, L., Schrandt, S., Stowe, M., Bruder, M. B., Divenere, N., Epley, P., Hornback, M., Huff, B., Miksch, P., Mitchell, L., Sharp, L., & Stroup-Rentier, V. (2007). Family supports and services in early intervention: A bold vision. Journal of Early Intervention, 29, 187-206.
  • Sharpe, L., & McWilliam, R. A. (1988).  Meeting family needs in a center-based program.  In C. J. Dunst, C. M. Trivette, & A. G. Deal, Enabling and empowering families: Principles and guidelines for practice (pp. 111-113).  Cambridge, MA: Brookline Books.
  • Deal, A. G., McWilliam, R. A., Cooper, C. S., & Trivette, C. M. (1989).  Strengthening families today for success tomorrow:  The Family, Infant and Preschool Program.  In J. M. Levy, P. H. Levy, & B. Nivin (Eds.), Strengthening families:  New directions in providing services to people with developmental disabilities and their families (pp. 267-279).  New York:  Young Adult Institute.
  • McWilliam, R. A. (1989).  Preschool assessment of the classroom environment:  A family-strengthening exercise.  In J. M. Levy, P. H. Levy, & B. Nivin (Eds.), Strengthening families:  New directions in providing services to people with developmental disabilities and their families (pp. 247-256).  New York:  Young Adult Institute Press.
  • Roush, J., & McWilliam, R. A. (1994).  Family centered early intervention: Historical, philosophical, and legislative issues. In J. Roush & N. Matkin (Eds.), Infants and toddlers with hearing loss: Identification, assessment, and family-centered intervention (pp. 13-21).  Parkton, MD: York Press.
  • McWilliam, R. A., McMillen, B., Sloper, K., & McMillen, J. S. (1997). Early education and child care program philosophy about families. In S. Riefel (Ed.; C. J. Dunst & M. Wolery, Guest Eds.), Family policy and practice in early child care (Advances in Early Education and Day Care, Volume 7; pp. 61-104). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.
  • McWilliam, R. A. (2005). Assessing the resource needs of families in the context of early intervention. In M. J. Guralnick (Ed.), A developmental systems approach to early intervention (pp. 215-234). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Consultation, Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities
CTTA is available on providing support to families.