Look for ways staff members do the following:. If there is a specific plan such as an IFSP, IEP, or behavior intervention plan, you may participate in those teams and decision-making. Familiarize yourself with these processes, and learn about individual plans for each child in your program. Provide support to staff if they need help implementing recommendations, communicate with families about their observations of their children at home, and work with outside professionals as needed.
Reflect on your responses and discuss any questions you may have with a colleague. You may also want to share some of these resources with families. Think about how the information in The Emotional Experience of Families of Children with Disabilities will impact how your view families and respond to their decisions and behavior. True or false? Encouraging family-to-family support and networking is a reflection of family-centered practice. Which is not an appropriate way to communicate with the family of a child with special needs? As a trainer or coach, it is not important for you to think about your thoughts and assumptions about families of children with special needs.
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Secondary tabs Objectives :. Teach staff to explore their own assumptions about working with families of children with special needs. Observe and provide feedback on variables that support family-centered practices. Model effective ways to support families of children with special needs.
Learn Learn. Teach Families of Children with Special Needs Children with special needs are members of our communities, programs, and families, and it is our responsibility and commitment to provide high-quality, inclusive services. Working with Families of Children with Special Needs Establishing meaningful relationships with families is a critical part of your work, and your communication is especially important when working with families of children with special needs.
Look for ways staff members do the following: Acknowledge that families know their child best and ask them questions about services or resources that may be helpful. Establish ongoing communication between home and school.
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An engaging discussion of the legal, ethical, practical, and cultural considerations of working with families of special needs children. With a strong focus on the families of special needs children, this first edition text provides students with both the information to understand the challenges and needs of these families as well as the skills and strategies required An engaging discussion of the legal, ethical, practical, and cultural considerations of working with families of special needs children. With a strong focus on the families of special needs children, this first edition text provides students with both the information to understand the challenges and needs of these families as well as the skills and strategies required of educators working with such families.
Containing a thorough discussion of the common legal and ethical concerns surrounding children with special needs and their families, this book also emphasizes the many individual differences among families. With that in mind, the authors focus on diversity in families with special needs children, cultural considerations, age, and communication with special needs families.
In addition, a distinctive final chapter called "A Family's Voice," gives students the special opportunity to hear about the unique thoughts and experiences of a large selection of family members of children with special needs. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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