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In this practical guide, early intervention professionals will find a groundbreaking model for supporting those who support families with young children in natural settings - coaching. Beginning with a thorough introduction to the concept of coaching, the book shows professionals how to help colleagues acquire new knowledge and skills support families and other caregivers as they take an active role in promoting a child's development and participation in home and community activities Using the five steps of coaching - initiation, observation, action, reflection, and evaluation - readers will learn to support colleagues or caregivers so they can successfully handle situations in a wide variety of settings, from homes and communities to preschools and child care programs. Readers will learn about essential qualities such as objectivity and adaptability; cultivate communication skills such as observing, listening, and planning; consider key issues such as ensuring administrative support; and reinforce what they learn with engaging anecdotes, reflection questions, points to remember, and practical forms. An ideal book for professors, administrators, and practitioners in early childhood programs, this invaluable guide will help create coaches who improve the communication between professionals and families - and improve outcomes for the children in their care.