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    • Families and Community
      Kelsey Pekas
      Group 3
    • Understanding the Family
      Steps to take to become more culturally aware:
      “Learn more about the family
      you are serving,--Work with people from the family’s culture-- Learn words and
      forms of greeting in the family’s
      language --Allow additional time
      to work with interpreters--Use
      forms of communication that
      are acceptable and meaningful
      to the family”
      (Allen & Cowdery, 2005, p. 165)
    • Communication with Parents
      Parent Observations
      Parents are more than welcome to come in the classroom and observe their child(ren) in their natural learning environment.
      This also gives them the opportunity to see what is happening in the classroom rather than just hearing about it from their child.
      Parent-Teacher Meetings
      Parents and teachers alike will have open communication and many opportunities to meet with their child’s teacher to ask questions and raise concerns that they may have
      This gives the parents a chance to build a relationship with the teacher and gain trust in him/her.
    • Communication with parents
      Home Visits
      This is a great option if the parents do not feel comfortable with coming to the school to meet. It also gives the teacher a great opportunity to understand the family at a much higher level.
      A home visit is only done with more than one adult (teacher and interpreter) etc. for safety reasons and for means of communication
      Email
      Technology is a amazing way of communication for parents and teachers alike. With online interpretation websites teachers and parents can translate the email to English, Spanish, Italian, etc.
      This technology could be taught at a parent-teacher meeting so that the parents could easily communicate with the teacher at any time.
    • Encourage use of home language
      To encourage children to use their home languages teachers will let them “teach” the other students simple greetings (i.e. hello, goodbye, girl, boy, etc)
      This would take place during a unit about other cultures or daily during circle time
      Doing this encourages the use and continuation of their home language and also opens the other children’s minds to the other languages of the world.
    • Family-Oriented Resources and Services
      The Sibling Support Project
      • This program is based on the belief that if one person in the family has a disability it has an effect on each and every family member. The purpose is to help the siblings cope and to help the parents see the effects that it also has on the siblings of the child with the disability. They provide families with websites and numerous workshops that they can look at and attend. More information can be found at this website: (http://www.siblingsupport.org/)
    • Family-Oriented Resources and Services Cont.
      Parents are often looking for information and answers to their burning questions, the books listed below answer many questions and also gives them day to day tips on living with a child who has Autism
      Suggested reading list by Autism.com
      • Recovering Autistic Children, Edited by Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D. and Bernard Rimland, Ph.D.
      • Changing the Course of Autism, Bryan Jepson, M.D. edited by Jane Johnson
      • Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reason for Hope and Guidance for Help, by Lynn M. Hamilton
      • Autism Life Skills: From Communication and Safety to Self-Esteem and More - 10 Essential Abilities Every Child Needs and Deserves to Learn, Chantal Sicile-Kira
    • Family-Oriented Resources and Services cont.
      Parents also want the facts and want them from professionals, giving them this list of journals will give them the resources and facts that they are looking for.
      Journals
      • American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
      •  Autism
      •  Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
      •  Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities
      •  Exceptional Children
      •  Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
      •  Journal of Attention Disorders
      •  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
      •  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
      •  Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders
      •  Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Family-Oriented Resources and Services cont.
      Websites
      • www.Autismweb.com
      • www.Autismfamilyresources.org
      • www.Autism-society.org
      • www.autismspeaks.org
      • www.child-autism-parent-cafe.com/stress-on-families.html
      • www.actforautism.org
      • www.facesforkids.org
      • www.siblingsofautism.com
      • www.autism.com
    • Early Intervention
      What is early intervention?
      Early intervention applies to children ranging in age from birth to 3 or 4 years old who are at risk or show symptoms of developmental or learning delays.
      Early Intervention Options:
      With early intervention there are options, on the next few slides we discuss what some of the programs are and where the parents and administrators can find more information
    • Resources for Early Intervention
      Behavioral Care Specialists
      “Behavioral Care Specialists offers intensive early intervention services for children diagnosed with autism, pervasive development disorders and related developmental disabilities. Our program is designed to provide our young patients with the language, social, pre-academic and independent living skills necessary for them to enjoy normal lives” (www.behaviorcarespecialists.com)
      Mainly for children aging from birth to 8 years of age
      Time 2 Shine Therapy
      Time 2 Shine Therapy is a non-profit organization that offers therapy services to children with autism and other delays no matter their economic status. They focus on skills in: communication, social and play, daily living, fine motor and sensory needs. For more information visit: (www.sfearlyintervention.org)
      3 hour sessions five days a week (all done by an occupational and speech therapists)
    • Resources for Early Intervention Cont.
      Theratime
      Theratime is a small business that is geared towards helping children succeed in every way possible by providing physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The therapists focus on what is most needed by the child and also what their disability is and how they can help with the outcomes of how the disability affects them. Find more information at: www.theratime.com
      Birth to 3 Connections State Department of Education
      This office and website provides parents with the laws and rules that provide their children with the rights to being helped and educated. It also provides parents with the knowledge of what is possible for their children.
    • References
      Allen, K.E., & Cowdery, G.E. (2005). The exceptional child: Inclusion in early childhood education (5th ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning.
      Autism Society - Homepage. (n.d.). Autism Society - Homepage. Retrieved June 23, 2011, from http://www.autism-society.org
      Books: ARI's Recommended Reading : Autism Research Institute. (n.d.). Autism is Treatable : Autism Research Institute. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from http://autism.com/fam_readinglist.asp
      Home - Sioux Falls Early Intervention. (n.d.). Home - Sioux Falls Early Intervention. Retrieved June 23, 2011, from http://www.sfearlyintervention.org
      Welcome Sibling Support Project. (n.d.). Welcome Sibling Support Project. Retrieved June 23, 2011, from http://www.siblingsupport.org
      Welcome to Behavior Care Specialists Online. (2011, January 1). Welcome to Behavior Care Specialists Online. Retrieved June 23, 2011, from http://www.behaviorcarespecialists.com