SPED 421   Fall 2016 Forum 3

Create two questions based on the information in the IRIS module under Collaboration with families.

Question 1:  Why is family involvement important to the success of students?

  1.  Family increases academic achievement, as reflected in higher test scores and graduation rates, and further improves the likelihood that students will go on to pursue higher education.
  2. Parent involvement is defined in the No Child Left Behind NCLB law as the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities.
  3. Family involvement brings diversity to the classroom, since “diverse families bring to their communities a rich variety of perspectives, traditions, and educational levels.” (peabody)

Question 2:  What do teachers need to understand about working with families who have children with disabilities?

  1.  Give respect to the families.  Ask how they would like to be addressed, as in their first name, or a Mrs., or Mr. and preferences for communicating – notes home, phone calls, email, parent teacher meetings.  Recognize parents as decision makers, the ultimate decision makers.
  2. Parents of children with a disability are dealing with feelings of grief, with the loss of normality in their child, or of what society thinks is normal.  They may deal with emotional issues, such as depression, guilt, anxiety, anger, fear, or any other negative emotion other than love in what they are dealing with in their child with a disability.  
  3. Parents are the case manager, the medical expert, the advocate, the inclusion specialist, the transition specialist for their child and are dealing with multitasking all these roles along with parenting their child with a disability.
  4.   Recognize the diversity of families and the importance of involving families in students education.  
  5.  Understand the issues that most affect families who have children with disabilities.
  6.  Be familiar with a number of practical ideas for creating a positive partnership with parents of children with disabilities. 


Case ManagerOversea all educational health and related services for the purpose of communicating for their child with a disability.
Medical ExpertUnderstanding medical issues with a child and his/her disability
AdvocateSpeaking out in the best interest of his or her child
Inclusion SpecialistEnsuring that his or her child is included in typical classroom activities and daily routines.
Transition SpecialistCreating continuity by easing the transition between teachers, grades, schools.

The families from different cultures can be helped and understood by, researching the different culture to learn their view how it vies disabilities.  Learn about the individual families values and their expectations and priorities for their child’s educational needs. Recognize there are differences, and accommodate the family within their cultural preferences, along with using no judgement toward the family. 

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