Parents as partners in inclusive

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Parents as partners in inclusive

  1. 1. Parents as Partners Our goal is to join parents on their journey.
  2. 2. Rationale for family involvement <ul><li>Family the heart of all early childhood programs </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental nature of early childhood </li></ul><ul><li>Law mandates addressing family support when providing services </li></ul>
  3. 3. Families of children with disabilities <ul><li>Mother </li></ul><ul><li>Father </li></ul><ul><li>Sibling </li></ul><ul><li>grandparents </li></ul>
  4. 4. Family adjustment <ul><li>Grief cycle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Denial and isolation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bargaining </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acceptance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Urgent decisions </li></ul>
  5. 5. Features <ul><li>Not always sequential </li></ul><ul><li>Stages may overlap </li></ul><ul><li>Degree of response depends on the family </li></ul><ul><li>Has to run the course and cannot be counseled out </li></ul><ul><li>May recur, especially during transition </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reframe beliefs: <ul><li>All or none thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Focusing on the negative and not recognizing the positive </li></ul><ul><li>Mind reading </li></ul><ul><li>Catastrophizing </li></ul><ul><li>Personalization </li></ul><ul><li>Life is on a continuum </li></ul><ul><li>Not everything is because of the disability </li></ul><ul><li>Don ’t imagine that people are thinking bad thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the time, things do improve. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the things you can change and those you cannot. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Parent-Teacher Partnership Rationale: <ul><li>Parents are socializing agents </li></ul><ul><li>Parents know their child best </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer of learning into the home </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency of adult actions </li></ul><ul><li>Provides parent a support </li></ul><ul><li>Parents and children have a strong bond </li></ul>
  8. 8. How to join parents and become partners: <ul><li>Recognize that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anger is a reflection of pain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is natural and instinctive for parents to protect their child against negative or hostile comments. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand that they have already had some pretty tough experiences. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Families need time. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Strategies should include parents <ul><li>Support and encourage family values and diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Include in the planning (IEP & IFSP) </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage parent volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Let parent choose the degree of participation </li></ul><ul><li>Enable and empower families </li></ul><ul><li>Establish trust </li></ul>
  10. 10. Communicate and behave as if it was your own child <ul><li>Be objective. Use data, not opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid pejorative words/phrases like “deficient”, “he only….” </li></ul><ul><li>Balance negatives with positives </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate verbally and nonverbally that you genuinely care </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to the parents </li></ul><ul><li>Be kind and gentle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think of how you will want the parents and child to remember you. </li></ul></ul>

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