What is a Primary Coach Approach?
Through UCP, eligible families can expect to be assigned a Primary Coach who supports your family in turning your daily routines into learning opportunities for your child through coaching, modeling and information sharing. Your family and your Primary Coach are part of an extensive team of other UCP professionals who are available to support all areas of development and concerns as needed. Examples of other professionals might include a speech therapist, vision specialist, physical therapist, etc.
Additionally, a Service Coordinator is assigned to each team. Their role is to work with you and the other members of your child’s team to assure that your family’s plan addresses your goals and to provide resources and links to other ncessary community resources when appropriate.
Why this approach?
The work we do with families is reinforced through evidenced-based practice. By federal law, early intervention programs, such as Birth to 3 Connections, must be based on the best available research, evidence and practices. For example, research confirms that:
- A child and family benefit from combining everyday activities, a child’s interests, and parent supportiveness;
- All families, with necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development; and
- Families are more satisfied with services when a primary coaching approach is used.
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