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Few interdisciplinary early intervention teams are aware that they have created a team culture--a set of norms of behavior, values, and beliefs. This manual assists team members in discovering their team culture so they understand how it affects their performance and the quality of services they provide, and so they can decide if they would like to modify team process and performance. The manual examines what team culture is, how team culture affects assessment and intervention, frameworks for exploring team culture, observational and interviewing procedures to use along with self-evaluation procedures to discover a team's culture, characteristics of effective teams, and strategies for modifying team culture. The manual is a training module of Project TIE (Teams in Early Intervention), which was conceptualized to meet the need for: (1) involvement of formerly ancillary service professionals in providing early intervention to children with disabilities, (2) high quality family-centered services, and (3) training in the team approach. The project provides training to four groups that might constitute an early intervention team--speech/language pathologists, motor therapists, health care professionals, and family members. Appendices list instruments for team assessment, explore characteristics of gender communications, discuss issues of prejudice and discrimination, offer a guide to ethnographic interviewing, and describe nominal group techniques. (Contains 42 references.) (JDD)

Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Family Involvement, Group Dynamics, Health Personnel, Inservice Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Professional Development, Speech Language Pathology, Speech Therapy, Team Training, Teamwork, Therapists, Training

University of New Mexico/Training Unit/UAP, Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM 87131-5020 ($15 each, set of six $60).

Autor: Westby, Carol; Ford, Valerie


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