Engage and Attune to Families



Have you ever wondered why parents do not follow through with the strategies discussed?

Have you ever felt unsure of what to do or say next when a parent is upset or worried about their child?

Have you ever had the experience of wanting to connect with the parents of the kids you see, but do not quite know how to engage them in the sessions?

Have you ever felt anxious, frustrated, or overwhelmed during a therapy session?

    If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, this professional development opportunity is for you. The FAN, created by Erikson Institute's Fussy Baby Network, is a tool to help practitioners read the cues of families and have strategies to match them where they are in meaningful interactions. When practitioners match parents where they are, it supports the creation of positive connections and helps to keep parents engaged in their children's therapy.

The FAN, which stands for Facilitating Attuned Interaction also includes strategies to help professionals remain calm and regulated during their work with families so that they can engage and connect with the family in meaningful ways.

  Child & Family Connections, Erikson Institute, and the Early Intervention Training Program collaborate to offer this 3 session training (2-full days + 1 half-day) in which participants can:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding about the concept of attunement and its importance in building relationships with families in Early Intervention.
  2. Identify ways to mindfully self-regulate in order to connect with caregivers in Early Intervention and have them lead home visits to ensure they are the primary interventionists.
  3. Explore strategies to use empathic inquiry questions in order to hold and contain the emotions of families in their role of caregivers.
  4.  Analyze ways to collaboratively explore with caregivers so they have an opportunity to think about ways to incorporate Early Intervention strategies and practices into their daily routines and activities.
  5. Promote caregivers as active participants in Early Intervention home visits by supporting them to conduct activities to build their capacity and competence.
  6. Gain knowledge to watch, prompt and highlight successes between caregivers and their children so that caregivers recognize their role in the development trajectory of children.

Registrants must participate in all 3 sessions in order to receive any continuing ed credits.  No Partial Credit Is Awarded.

 Level of Learning


EI Principles Addressed

1. Support Families:2. Active Participation:3. Collaborative Relationships:4. Specific Goals:7. Quality Services

Event Details


  • When

  • Friday, April 12, 2019 - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

  • Where

  • CFC #6
    Clearbrook Center
    1835 W Central Road
    Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005

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