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September 2005Vol. 6, No. 7Visiting Families With Babies and Toddlers

The Visit: Observation, Reflection, Synthesis for Training and Relationship Building is a professional development tool that addresses the need for assessment and intervention with infants and toddlers and their families. It was written for supervisors to use in training direct care practitioners. Together, the supervisor and practitioner work as a team, following carefully structured protocols for children aged 2 to 36 months to develop a coherent picture of the child.

The Visit covers a number of topics, including in-service training for the direct care practitioner, role of the supervisor, and benefits of visits for the service system. The bulk of The Visit, however, is devoted to "Observation, Reflection, Synthesis Guides" to be used with infants and toddlers at different ages. These guides provide specific instruction for the supervisor in working with the practitioner and the parent, and they also provide developmental tasks appropriate for the child. (The guides also are available on the CD-ROM included with the manual.)

Written by A. Axtmann and A. Dettwiler, The Visit is available from Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company at

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The National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (NRCFCPPP) has developed two curricula to train workers to structure their visits with children and with parents. Promoting Placement Stability and Permanency Through Caseworker/Child Visits and Promoting Permanency Through Worker/Parent Visits can be downloaded at the NRCFCPPP website at