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.
Acknowledge, Ask, Adapt: Communicating with Families to Resolve Issues offers communication guidance.
ACKNOWLEDGE: Reflect and Listen
ASK: Learn About the Family Member’s Point of View
ADAPT: Work with the Family Toward a Solution
Developed by The Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers
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.