Working with Challenging Parents of Students with Special Needs

ISBN-10: 0761939288

ISBN-13: 9780761939283

Edition: 2004

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Description: This is a practical guide, 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 are applicable across all grade levels.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 3/12/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
About the Author
Dedication
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
Summary
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
Summary
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
Summary
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
Summary
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
Summary
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
Summary
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
Summary
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
Summary
References
Effective Communication Skills
Poor Communication Skills
Safety Tips for Teachers Meeting with Parents
Welcome Letter
Communication Log
Letter to Parents of Older Elementary Students
Letter to Parents of Adolescents
Parent Observation Sheet
Back-to-School Letter
Responsibilities of Team Members
Intake Conference Letter
Conference Summary Sheet
Additional Resources
References
Index
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