The success of all types of interventions will rest on the quality of the relationships between professional providers and family members, even when the relationship itself is not the focus of the intervention. The article discusses the importance of developing a working alliance and describes a relationship-based approach to intervention. Specific techniques for relationship building, parent—child observation, gathering information, understanding parental perceptions, and developmental guidance are explained. Finally, common pitfalls in professional-parent relationships are addressed.
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