EDU 320

EDU 320 - Ch 3-Collaborating w/Parents &...

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Unformatted text preview: Ch 3-Collaborating w/Parents & Families in a culturally & linguistically diverse society 12/10/2010 11:34:00 Support for Parent & Family involvement Parents & the family: o Are the child;s best advocates o Are the childs first teachers o Know certain aspects of their kids better than anyone else o Have the greatest vested interest in seeing their kids learn o Must live with the outcomes of decisions made by edu teams all day everyday Three factors responsible for increased emphasis on parent/fam involvement Parents want to be involved in their kids education o Parents were an important catalyst of PL 94-142 Educational effectiveness is enhanced when parents & families are involved o Repeated research & practice demonstrates the benefits The law requires collaboration o Each reauthorization of IDEA has strengthened & extende parent & family participation Benefits of Family Involvement Increased liklihood of targeting meaningful IEP goals Greater consistency & support in the childs 2 most important environments Increased opportunities for learning & development Greater access to expanded resources Understanding families of children with disabilities Adjustment process includes feelings of: o Shock, denial, & disbelief o Anger, guilt, shame, & overprotectedness o Acceptance, appreciation, & pride Educators should refrain from expecting parents to exhibit any kind of typical reaction The many roles of the exceptional parent Caregiver- additional needs of an exceptional child can cause stress Provider- additional needs often create a financial burden Teacher- exceptional children often need more teaching to acquire skills Counselor- must help their child cope with the disability Parent of siblings w/o disabilities- meet the needs of their other children too Behavior support spet- some have to become skilled behavior managers Marriage partner- having a child with disabilities can put stress on a marriage Information spet/ trainer for significant others- must train others Advocate- advocate for effective educational service & opportunities Principles of effective communication** (essay Q exam) Accept the parents statements o Respect parents point of view Listen actively o Respond to the parents with interest & animation Question effectively o Speak plainly & use open-ended questions Encourage o Describe & show their childs improving performance Stay focused o The purpose is the childs educational program & progress Professional roadblocks to communication Treating the parents as vulnerable clients instead of equal partners Keeping professional distance Treating parents as if they need counseling Blaming parents for their childs condition Disrespecting parents as less intelligent Treating parents as adversaries Labeling parents Breaking down parent-teacher relationship barriers...
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course EDU 300 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '09 term at BYU.

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EDU 320 - Ch 3-Collaborating w/Parents &...

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