The Development is a Journey Conversation Roadmap: A Tool for Talking with Families

October 25, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Autumn Strausbaugh

We all know how critical early identification and intervention is to promote a child’s optimal development. Yet, developmental screening results and concerns can be anxiety-provoking for families and providers. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center has developed a new tool to help family-facing providers have collaborative and productive conversations with families about developmental screening results. The Development is a Journey Conversation Roadmap facilitates these conversations with seven simple steps to enhance the provider-parent partnership and engage parents and other caregivers in planning for their child’s developmental needs.

This 3-hour, interactive workshop introduces participants to the Roadmap and its focus on honoring families’ knowledge of their child. We will explore why providers and families sometimes have differences of opinion about children and screenings. We will practice strengths-based ways to invite all perspectives into the conversation and move ahead with equitable shared decision-making.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Explore the seven steps in the Roadmap tool
  • Learn strategies to engage parents and families in the developmental screening process
  • Practice having conversations about developmental screening results that honor families’ perspectives, cultures, and values
  • Learn strategies to elicit parents’ observations of their children’s strengths, as well as their concerns about their children’s behavior and development
  • Practice sharing their own observations of children’s behavior with parents
  • Practice next steps when a developmental screener yields reason for concern

Course Format:
Monday, October 25, 2021 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Live, interactive online workshop via Zoom, with small-group activities in breakout rooms
Live Spanish Translation Available!

# of hours:
3 – clock hour certificate will be provided

This workshop is for all family-facing providers — and their supervisors — who engage with families of young children around developmental screening, including early care and education professionals, home visitors, pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, early interventionists, and more.


  • Jayne Singer, PhD, IECMH-E®, Director of Developmental and Relational Health, Brazelton Touchpoints Center; Clinical Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Dewana Thompson, PhD, Director of the National Facilitator Team, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price: $75
BTC Learning Network Member Price: $71
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