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Working With Families and Community Agencies to Support Students With Special Needs

Working With Families and Community Agencies to Support Students With Special Needs
A Practical Guide for Every Teacher

May 2006 | 120 pages | Corwin
Working With Families and Community Agencies to Support Students With Special Needs addresses two of the most exciting facets of working with students with disabilities: "life-stage" issues (early intervention and effective transition) and collaboration (working with families and professionals). Ysseldyke and Algozzine explore the larger context of students' lives outside school, and how life-stage issues and collaboration interact with and influence teaching.

Including a pre-test, post-test, and key vocabulary terms, this informative resource offers valuable answers to the following questions:

o What types of transition services exist and when are they necessary?

o What should educators know about early-childhood intervention?

o What issues should be considered when working with families?

o How can schools involve community agencies and businesses?

o What options are available to students with special needs after high school?

o What key elements are critical to a student's success in the classroom and beyond?

About A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher
About the Authors
Self-Assessment I
Introduction to Working With Families and Community Agencies to Support Students With Special Needs
1.What Should Every Teacher Know About Early Childhood Intervention?
Federal Laws and Incentives

Direct and Indirect Services

Home-Based Programs

Hospital- or Center-Based Programs

Does Early Intervention Help?

2.What Are Transition Services and When Are They Necessary?
Transition into School

Transition During School

Everyday Transitions

Transition in General Education Classrooms

Dropping Out of School

Post-School Transition

3.What Living Arrangements Are Available to Adults With Special Needs?
Group Homes

Alternative Living Units

Foster Homes

Independent Living


4.What Issues Should Be Taken Into Consideration When Working With Families?
How Exceptionalities Affect Families

Effects on Family Structure

Family Concerns

Transition to School


Post-School Transition

Concerns of Families With Children Who Are Gifted

What the Research Says

Change Over Time

Types of Family Involvement

Overcoming Barriers to Home-School Collaboration

5.How Should Schools Involve Community Agencies and Businesses?
Business Involvement

Special Programs

6.What Are the Keys to Success in the Wider Context?
Individualized Planning

Commitment to Normal Life Experiences

Compatible Physical Environment

Commitment to Remedial Programming

Encouraging Appropriate Behavior

Lifelong Learning

7.Working With Families and Agencies in Perspective
8. What Have We Learned?
Key Points

Key Vocabulary

Self-Assessment II

Answer Key for Self-Assessments

On Your Own


Journals & Articles



"The authors have presented an easy-to-read resource with self-assessments that can be used to help guide staff development on understanding basic tenets of special education and how parental invovlvement can be increased."

Principal Navigator, March 2007

Sample Materials & Chapters

About the Series


Chapter 1

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