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Parents and Families of Students With Special Needs

Parents and Families of Students With Special Needs
Collaborating Across the Age Span

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March 2017 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Parents and Families of Students With Special Needs: Collaborating Across the Age Span teaches students the skills they need to effectively collaborate with parents and families to ensure a child's success in the classroom. The text takes a lifespan approach with a special emphasis on the critical transition points in a child’s life. Information is provided on what can be seen at each stage of an individual with disabilities’ development, and addresses the concerns and needs that families may have during these unique phases of growth. The authors provide an in-depth discussion of how parents and families are affected by particular disabilities, family system theory, the laws that affect individuals with disabilities, and assessments for individuals with disabilities. Chapters written by academics and professionals who are also parents of students with special needs bring a diverse range of voices into the narrative. 

Tara Guierrero
Defining the Family
Vanessa Johnson
Family Systems Theory
Barry Bullis, Samuel Zimmerman
Families of Children At-Risk for Disability
Natalie Williams, Tori Lybbert
The Professionals and What Are Their Roles?
Vicki McGinley
Family Assessment and Research Based Interventions
Shirley Dawson, Tracie McLaughlin
The Laws that Support Families
Brenda Eaton
Birth through Age 5
Melissa Hudson
The Primary School Years
Melina Alexander, Desna Bergold
Secondary School Years
Brian Freedman, Laura Eisenman, Cathy Cowin, Sean Roy
Post School
Mary Houser
Prominent Disabilities Across the Lifespan
Kerry Smith
Siblings of Children with Disabilities
Tara S. Guerriero
Chapter 1 Defining the Family
The Role of the Family in a Child’s Education  
Identifying and Defining Children and the Family  
Childhood Living Arrangements  
Type of Families  
Unique Familial Circumstances that may Influence Education  
Educating all Children  
Sandra Sepulveda-Kozakowski
Chapter 2: Family Systems Theory
What is Family Systems Theory?  
The Family Identity  
Family Subsystems  
Adaptability/ Flexibility  
The Family Life Cycle  
Factors Impacting Family Systems  
External Systems  
Coordination of Care  
Parenting Relationships  
Culture, Race, and Ethnicity  
Spotlight on Children in Foster Care  
Barry Bullis, Samuel Zimmerman
Chapter 3: Families of Children At-risk for Disability
Why Study Risk?  
Benefits of Identifying Risk  
Definition of Risk  
Categories of Risk  
Children Living in Poverty  
English Learners  
Students Experiencing Marginalization  
Gifted Children  
Developmental Follow-up  
Shirley Dawson, Tracie McLaurghlan, Denise Adams
Chapter 4: Laws that Support Families
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)  
Section 504  
Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act  
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)  
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974  
Natalie A. Williams, Kristin L. Nelson, Tori J. Lybert
Chapter 5: The Professionals and Their Roles
Professionals of the Multidisciplinary Team  
Benefits of Partnerships  
Family-Staff Relationships  
Peer Relationships  
Building and Sustaining Partnerships  
Interpersonal Communication for Partnerships  
The Reality of Criticism  
Assertiveness Versus Aggressive Communication  
Resolving Conflicts  
Vicki A. McGinley, Ieva Margevica
Chapter 6: Assessment to Research-Based Intervention: Providing Families Support
Assessment History and Family Involvement  
Working with Families to Understand Assessment  
Technical Assessment Terminology  
Lifespan Assessment  
Transition from Part C to Part B  
Primary School Years  
Secondary School Years: Transition Assessment  
Specialized Assessment and Disability Related Assessments  
Disability Specific Assessments  
Alternative Assessments/Authentic Assessments for Children with Disabilities  
The Assessment Report/The Evaluation Report  
Making Instructional Decisions for Intervention  
Amy F. Conner Love, Lorie Taylor, Lisa P. Turner, Richard Sabousky
Chapter 7: Siblings of Children with Disabilities
Special Relationship  
Importance of Siblings and Significance in Today’s Society  
Lifelong Relationship  
Interactional Dynamics and Relationship Patterns  
Children and Adolescent Siblings  
Adult Siblings  
Sibling Effects  
Characteristics of Sibling Without Disability  
Sibling Interactions  
Coping and Stress Styles  
Strategies to Help Siblings  
Siblings as Teachers  
Ways to Establish Sibling Teaching Program  
Social Interactions  
Counseling Siblings  
Mary A. Houser
Chapter 8: Specific Disabilities Across the Lifespan
Disability Related to Birth Through Age 5  
Disability Related to Primary Years  
Disability Related to Secondary School Years  
Discovering the Presence of a Disability  
Selected Disabilities and their Impact on Families  
The Benefits of Home-School Collaboration: Teacher and Families working together  
Brenda Eaton, Melina Alexander
Chapter 9: Birth Through Age 5
Children From Birth to Age 3  
Early Intervention  
Part C of the IDEA  
Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)  
Members of the Multidiscilinary Team  
Provider(s) of Early Intervention Services  
Early Intervention Programming  
Members of the Multidisciplinary Team  
Content of the IFSP  
Outcomes of Early Intervention  
Children Ages 3 to 5  
Children Ages 3 to 5 With Disabilities  
Preschool Programs  
Supporting Families with Children With Disabilities Ages Birth Through 5  
Melissa E. Hudson
Chapter 10: The Primary School Years
Communicating with Families  
Transition to Elementary School  
The Individualized Education Program Plan (IEP) Process and Document  
The Individualized Education Program Plan  
Working Together – The IEP Team and the Collaborative Team Model  
Collaborative Team Model  
Melina Alexander, Desna Bergold
Chapter 11: Secondary School Years
Early Adolescence  
Middle Adolescence  
Late Adolescence  
Adolescents with Disabilities  
Families of Adolescent Students with Disabilities  
The Multidisciplinary Team During the Secondary School Years  
Roles of Members of the Multidisciplinary Team  
Issues Addressed by Multidisciplinary Team During the Secondary School Years  
Potential Needs of the Family During the Secondary Years  
Brian Freedman, Laura Eisenman, Cathy Cowin, Sean Roy
Chapter 12: Postschool
Post School Outcomes  
Predictors of Postschool Success  
Age of Majority  
Entitlement Versus Eligibility  
Understanding Concerns, Knowing Options, and Creating Partnerships  
Current Statistics and Optimistic Trends  
Career Development  
Employment Settings  
Rights, Accommodations and Self-Disclosure  
Federal Benefits  
Common Questions from Families Regarding Specific Issues Related to Employment  
Strategies for Partnering with Families  
Postsecondary Education  
Postsecondary Education Options  
From Entitlement to Eligibility  
Social Life and Campus Participation  
Financial Factors  
Strategies for Partnering With Families  
Independent and Interdependent Living  
Development of Life Skills  
Support From State and Federal Government  
Types of Residences  
Social Relationships and Community Participation  
Strategies for Partnering With Families  


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ISBN: 9781506316000