Family centered practice

Copied from the CanChild Website  

“Copernicus came along and made a startling reversal – he put the sun in the center of the universe rather than the Earth.

His declaration caused profound shock.” Let’s pause to consider what would happen if we had a Copernican Revolution in the field of disability…the family is the center of the universe and the service delivery system is one of the many planets revolving around it. Now visualize the service delivery system at the center and the family in orbit around it. Do you see the difference? Do you recognize the revolutionary change in perspective? This is not a semantic exercise – such a revolution leads us to a new set of assumptions and a new vista of options for service.” (Turnbull & Summers, 1985, as cited in Edelman et al., 1992)

Edelman, L., Greenland, B., & Mills, B.L. (1992). Building parent/professional collaboration: Facilitator’s guide. St. Paul, MN: Kennedy Kreiger Institute

Can Child definition of family centred service 

Family-centred service is made up of a set of values, attitudes, and approaches to services for children with special needs and their families.

Family centred service recognizes that each family is unique; that the family is the constant in the child’s life; and that they are the experts on the child’s abilities and needs.

The family works with service providers to make informed decisions about the services and supports the child and family receive. In family-centred service, the strengths and needs of all family members are considered. 

Family and child centered physiotherapy

Litchfield R, MacDougall C. Professional issues for physiotherapists in family-centred and community-based settings. Aust J Physiother. 2002;48(2):105-12. PubMed PMID: 12047208.

King G, Williams L, Hahn Goldberg S. Family-oriented services in pediatric rehabilitation: a scoping review and framework to promote parent and family wellness. Child Care Health Dev. 2017 May;43(3):334-347.

An M, Palisano RJ, Yi CH, Chiarello LA, Dunst CJ, Gracely EJ. Effects of a Collaborative Intervention Process on Parent Empowerment and Child Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2019;39(1):1-15.

Smart E, Nalder E, Rigby P, King G. Generating Expectations: What Pediatric Rehabilitation Can Learn From Mental Health Literature. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2019;39(2):217-235.


Tricia Catalino  Early intervention: Promoting Best practice Family Centered

Collaborative goal setting 

Recommended:  ​Tatla S, (2014)   Collaborative goal setting with families and children undergoing intensive rehabilitation.  Evidence Centre, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children PDF 

Brewer K, Pollock N, Wright FV. Addressing the challenges of collaborative goal setting with children and their families. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2014 May;34(2):138-52. doi: 10.3109/01942638.2013.794187.