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The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook


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Table of Contents

  • About the Downloads
  • About the Authors
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1 Introduction to Coaching
  • Chapter 2 Research Foundations of Coaching
  • Chapter 3 Characteristics of Effective Coaches
  • Chapter 4 Coaching Compared with Other Approaches to Adult Interaction
  • Chapter 5 How to Use a Coaching Style of Interaction
  • Appendix 5A: Coaching Plan
  • Appendix 5B: Framework for Reflective Questioning
  • Chapter 6 The Role of Coaching in Service Coordination
  • Chapter 7 Coaching Families
  • Chapter 8 Coaching Teachers
  • Chapter 9 Coaching Coaches: Strategies for Learning the Coaching Process
  • Appendix 9A: Coaching Practices Rating Scale
  • Appendix 9B: Coaching Log
  • Chapter 10 Coaching as Part of Professional Development
  • Chapter 11 The Future of Coaching in Early Childhood Intervention
  • References
  • Coaching Scenario Index
  • Index

About the Author

Dathan Rush is the Associate Director of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP) at Western Carolina Center and a research associate at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute in Morganton, North Carolina. Prior to accepting his position at FIPP, Mr. Rush was a clinical assistant professor and personnel development consultant in the Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He served as Assistant Director of the Oklahoma SoonerStart Early Intervention Program at the State Department of Health from 1992 to 1999. He served as an editorial board member of the journal Infants and Young Children until 2002 and has published articles in the areas of in-service training, coaching, supporting children and families in natural learning environments, and teaming in early intervention. He is past president and former executive council member of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Mr. Rush has presented numerous workshops nationally on topics related to team building, use of a primary coach model of support, training of trainers, coaching, and provision of supports in natural environments.


"Rush and Shelden have done it again! The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook Second Edition takes the best from the first edition and provides an expanded collection of real life scenarios and concrete strategies. This is a valuable go-to-guide for anyone learning about or doing coaching." --Linda Labas, M.Ed.

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