Parents of special education students are typically very involved with their children's' teachers. Special demands from physical and emotional disabilities require not only close involvement, but federal mandates require parents to be involved in frequent IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meetings with teachers and administrators. Jean Cheng Gorman applies her experiences as a primary classroom teacher and a licensed psychologist to fill the gap in dealing with parents of students with special needs. This book is grounded in both research and real life experiences, and will provide resources and tools for educators to address confrontations with challenging parents of students with special needs. The principles and techniques presented throughout Working with Challenging Parents of Students with Special Needs are applicable across all grade levels and intend to address working with challenging parents of students with special needs less frustrating and ultimately more gratifying.
This practical guide will help avert obstacles and clear the way for a healthy and productive working relationship that will benefit the individuals who are at the center of the enterprise-the children! -- Lawrence Balter, Professor
This book should be used by every teacher. School districts should be providing professional development classes and higher education should be addressing the challenging components of teaching that Gorman addresses. -- Mary Ellen Somers, NBCT
Preface Acknowledgements About the AuthorDedication1. Generating Alliances...not Lawsuits Gaining Cooperation Developing Alliances Being Empathic Communicating Well Communicating Poorly Staying Out of Court Keeping Your Focus Reflecting on Your Teaching Summary2. Dealing with Anger Entering The Conflict Stage Understanding Anger Being Aware of Cultural Differences in Anger Dealing with The Openly Angry Parent Dealing with The Parent Who Is Always Angry Dealing with The Narcissistic Parent Ensuring Your Safety Main Principles for Dealing with Anger Other Strategies for Dealing with Anger What to Avoid Dealing with Anger ... Yours Going Beyond Anger Reflecting on Your Teaching Summary3. Dealing with Denial Understanding Denial Discriminating Between Denial and Defensiveness Dealing with Differences of Opinions Knowing When Denial is Harmful (and When It Is Not) Main Principles for Dealing with Denial Other Strategies for Dealing with Denial What to Avoid Going Beyond Denial Reflecting on Your Teaching Summary4. Dealing with Dissatisfaction Recognizing the Context of Dissatisfaction Understanding Dissatisfaction Responding When Parents Reject the Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Coping with the Consequences of Dissatisfaction Handling Mediation and Due Process Hearings Main Principles for Dealing with Dissatisfaction Other Strategies for Dealing with Dissatisfaction Working with Advocates What to Avoid Going Beyond Dissatisfaction Reflecting on Your Teaching Summary5. Dealing with Nonparticipation and Resistance Sharing Teachers' Views Discerning Noninvolvement Versus Nonparticipation Understanding Nonparticipation Understanding Nonparticipation of Parents of Adolescents Being Sensitive to Concerns of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Parents
Main Principles for Dealing with Nonparticipation and Resistance Suggestions for Increasing Parent Participation in Transition Planning Other Strategies for Dealing with Nonparticipation Other Strategies for Dealing with Resistance What to Avoid Going Beyond Nonparticipation and Resistance Reflecting on Your Teaching Summary6. Dealing with Mistrust Recognizing The Value of Trust Understanding Mistrust Acknowledging Other Reasons for Parental Mistrust Agreeing on an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) Preventing Mistrust Main Principles for Dealing with Mistrust Other Strategies for Dealing with Mistrust What to Avoid Going Beyond Mistrust Reflecting on Your Teaching Summary7. Working with Nontraditional Families Working with Grandparents Working with Noncustodial Parents Working with Foster Parents Working with Homeless Families Working with Families Where You Suspect Child Abuse or Neglect Reflecting on Your Teaching Summary8. Cultivating Collaborative Relationships Resolving Your Reservations Applying Cultural Considerations Starting at the Beginning Maintaining the Relationship Passing the Torch Promoting a Family-Friendly School Being Realistic Reflecting on Your Teaching SummaryReferencesTable 1.1 Effective Communication SkillsTable 1.2 Poor Communication SkillsTable 2.1 Safety Tips for Teachers Meeting with ParentsResource A. Welcome LetterResource B. Communication LogResource C. Letter to Parents of Older Elementary StudentsResource D. Letter to Parents of AdolescentsResource E. Parent Observation SheetResource F. Back-to-School Letter Resource G. Responsibilities of Team MembersResource H. Intake Conference LetterResource I. Conference Summary SheetResource J. Additional ResourcesReferencesIndex
Series: 1-Off Ser.
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 11th June 2004
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 18.42
Weight (kg): 0.42