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Child Development 125: Socialization

RERUN Tutorial

Pulido-Tobiassen and Gonzalez-Mena (1999) developed a 5-step strategy for dialoguing differences called R.E.R.U.N. (Reflect, Explain, Reason, Understand, Negotiate).

The method is particularly relevant to early childhood mental health consultants who face the challenges of working with families and young children of diverse cultures and helping staff and families to negotiate and dialogue cultural differences. To learn more, step through the activity below created by the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation.

Dialoguing Cultural Differences

Acknowledge Ask Adapt

Acknowledge, Ask, Adapt: Communicating with Families to Resolve Issues offers communication guidance.

ACKNOWLEDGE: Reflect and Listen

  •  Communicate awareness of the issue 
  •  Convey sincere interest and responsiveness 
  •  Involve the family in seeking a joint solution

ASK: Learn About the Family Member’s Point of View 

  • Gather data, clarify 
  • Pay attention to verbal and non-verbal responses 
  • Restate what you think the family member is saying 

ADAPT: Work with the Family Toward a Solution 

  • Listen for areas of common agreement 
  • Negotiate around important issues 
  • Seek win-win solutions

Developed by The Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers

Family Engagement

Effective programs use both universal and family-specific practices to ensure that all families become engaged in their child’s early learning and development.

PBIS (Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) offers resources and guidance on creating partnerships between schools, families, and community.