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Conducting Effective Conferences With Parents of Children With Disabilities : A Guide for Teachers - Milton Seligman

Conducting Effective Conferences With Parents of Children With Disabilities

A Guide for Teachers

Paperback Published: 11th March 2000
ISBN: 9781572305373
Number Of Pages: 303

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Successful collaboration between teachers and parents can greatly enhance children's educational growth and development. This clearly written book provides teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct effective conferences with parents of children with disabilities. Readers gain a solid understanding of the challenges that families face as a consequence of childhood disability; how family dynamics and roles are affected and issues that are likely to arise in meetings with school professionals. Reviewing the basic elements of parent-teacher conferencing, Seligman highlights ways to establish rapport with families, develop strong listening and responding skills and engage parents who may feel anxious, frustrated, or angry. Also addressed are the specific requirements of the legally mandated Individualized Educational Program Conference. Enhancing the book's utility are numerous concrete examples and sample parent-teacher dialogues, as well as role-play scenarios and exercises to build conferencing skills. 1. Families and the Schools 2. Parents and Teachers: Reciprocal Views 3. Family Dynamics: An Overview 4. Family Reaction to Childhood Disability 5. Basic Principles of Interviewing 6. U

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"This book is very much needed in the teacher preparation field; not only for special educators, but also for regular educators, who are increasingly involved with the families of students with disabilities. Very well written and well documented, it combines the theoretical and the practical and can be used as either a primary or a supplementary text. The book's coverage of how to improve communication with parents during the Individualized Education Program process will be particularly useful for teachers who must navigate this emotionally complex interaction on a regular basis." --Charles M. Cohen, PhD, Supervisor of Rehabilitation and Psychology, Pittsburgh, PA Public Schools "The parent-teacher conference is a critical time for teachers to establish true partnerships with parents. Such partnerships are beneficial for all students, but are especially important for children with disabilities. This book helps teachers understand the unique concerns of parents of children with disabilities, access and maximize family resources, develop a relationship with parents which includes two-way communication and mutual respect, and work with parents to enhance children's success. All K-12 teachers and teachers-in-training will benefit from the guidelines and strategies in this book. It will also be useful as a text for courses in regular and special education, school psychology, and school counseling. In addition, the concept of school staff working more collaboratively with parents is currently being developed as a new competency for credentialing requirements. This book would help credentialing programs educate and train their students in how to develop this very important competency." --Bonnie S. Ho, EdD, Department of Educational Psychology, California State University, Hayward

"This book is a powerful tool that will help teachers develop the many complex skills required for successful meetings with parents. I attend many parent meetings (school support team, disciplinary, special education IEP and eligibility meetings) where the weaknesses of the student are overemphasized, the focus gets sidetracked, or miscommunication and power struggles arise between parents and the school. This book offers a more balanced approach, enabling professionals to address both the strengths and weaknesses of students with disabilities and work toward involving parents as part of a collaborative team. It will serve as a text in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in education, school psychology, and school social work and counseling." --Paula Freer, PhD, Certified School Social Worker and School Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist; Coordinator of Psychology Services, Troup County Schools, Georgia ""Conducting Effective Conferences" is well organized. It includes discussions of several theories concerning family dynamics and reactions to childhood disability. Various strategies are offered for working with parents of children with disabilities, including many sample dialogues and role-playing ideas....The book's role-playing exercises make it an ideal resource for anyone who works with families with children with special needs, including teachers, specialists, and administrators."--"Childhood Education"

Families and the Schoolsp. 1
Inclusionp. 6
What Is the Teacher's Role?p. 7
A Family Systems Perspectivep. 8
The Responsibility for Parent-Teacher Conferencesp. 8
Giving Support and Encouragementp. 9
Effect of Teachersp. 10
Administrators and the Home-School Relationshipp. 16
School Climate and School Administratorsp. 17
Influencing a Reluctant Systemp. 19
Human Characteristics and Development of a Professional Helperp. 20
Parents and Teachers: Reciprocal Viewsp. 22
Teachers' Attitudes toward Pupilsp. 23
Schools, Families, and Distancingp. 26
Teachers' Attitudes toward Parentsp. 27
Teachers' Attitudes toward Changep. 36
Parents' Attitudes toward Teachersp. 37
Family Dynamics: An Overviewp. 47
Social Rolesp. 50
Coping Mechanismsp. 51
Related Conceptsp. 60
Resourcesp. 64
An Introduction to Family and Social Systemsp. 68
Family Systems Theoryp. 69
Family Structurep. 70
Family Life Cyclep. 76
Family Reaction to Childhood Disabilityp. 79
Stages of Mourningp. 79
Chronic Sorrowp. 83
Psychosocial Stresses Associated with Childhood Illness/Disabilityp. 85
Marital Adjustment, Divorce, and Single Parenthoodp. 89
Families of Children with Different Disabilitiesp. 92
Mothers, Fathers, Siblings, and the Extended Familyp. 95
Chronic Burden of Carep. 111
Developmental Transitionsp. 112
Basic Principles of Interviewingp. 119
Personality Characteristics and Interpersonal Stylep. 120
Values and the Parent-Teacher Conferencep. 120
The Setting of the Conferencep. 123
Establishment of Goalsp. 127
The Information-Oriented Interviewp. 129
The Experiential Interviewp. 130
Listeningp. 133
Barriers to Effective Conferencesp. 138
Other Negative Responses from Teachersp. 141
Lecturing and Moralizing: Barriers to Effective Communicationp. 146
Silencesp. 148
Overtalkp. 151
Teachers' Self-Disclosurep. 153
Terminationp. 154
Useful Strategies in Working with Parents of Children with Disabilitiesp. 157
Establishing Rapportp. 157
Rapport and Cultural Diversityp. 160
Nonverbal Behavior and Paralinguisticsp. 163
Minimal Encourages to Talkp. 168
Other Helpful Leadsp. 170
Microtrainingp. 170
Attending Behaviorp. 173
Interpersonal Process Recallp. 175
Paraphrasingp. 177
Timingp. 181
How and When to Be Supportivep. 181
How and When to Be Assertive and Firmp. 183
The Use of Questionsp. 186
Interpretation: Pros and Consp. 190
Home Conferencesp. 192
Referralsp. 194
Self-Help Organizationsp. 195
Bibliotherapyp. 197
The Individualized Education Program Conferencep. 199
Legislative Initiativesp. 200
What Constitutes the IEP?p. 206
Working with Challenging Parentsp. 226
Hostile Parentsp. 227
Uncooperative Parentsp. 230
Perfectionistic Parents (or Excessively Worried Parents)p. 232
Professional Parentsp. 234
Dependent Parentsp. 235
Overly Helpful Parentsp. 237
Overprotective Parentsp. 238
Neglectful Parentsp. 239
Parents as Clientsp. 242
Fighting Parentsp. 245
Involved-Uninvolved Parentsp. 247
Ethical Concernsp. 250
Teacher Burnoutp. 251
Resources to Help Teachers Help Parentsp. 255
Social Service Agenciesp. 255
Books for Parentsp. 268
Books for Kidsp. 272
Referencesp. 277
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9781572305373
ISBN-10: 1572305371
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 303
Published: 11th March 2000
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.49