Respectful Conversations

Improving communication skills around respectful conversations allows diverse, and perhaps controversial, perspectives of team members to all be given consideration. Discussions, regardless of the topic sensitivity, should occur respectfully, leading to better working relationships and greater understanding of the perspective of all PFAC members. Difficult conversations are ones in which opinions differ; the stakes are high; and/or emotions run strong.  Most families and professionals say situations leading to difficult conversations happen to them daily. Situations that involve children often have high stakes. Parents and professionals have strong feelings about many topics, and opinions will differ in large and small ways.