Family Involvement

The partnership between parents and educators is a critical component in advancing inclusive practices. Provided are several resources to aid in fostering this important relationship.

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Helpful Resources for Parents with Special Needs Kids

One of our readers from a parent group, Caring 4 Our Kids, sent us some wonderful sites that we just had to share! We hope you find them useful. Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping Learning Resources Estate Planning for Special Needs Kids Home Modifications for Special Needs Kids Sesame Street Resources for Parents… Read More

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Finding an Effective Inclusive School: Questions Every Parent Should Ask

There are several resources that will help you as you search for schools that have a strong commitment to effective inclusion. Every state has a Department of Education that reports on that state’s target for Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). This LRE data is also available for individual districts and schools within the state. The higher… Read More

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14 Resources for Supporting Special Needs Children

One of our followers contacted us with a wonderful list of resources she has referenced when looking for answers related to her autistic child. Hopefully, you will find the websites as useful as she did!   Submitted by: Patricia Sarmiento Putting the Public Back in Public Health http://publichealthcorps.org   Kitchen Safety for Parents of Disabled… Read More

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Building Authentic Relationships with Students and Families

This is a checklist you may use to determine your strengths in building authentic relationships with your students and their families. There are two categories: √ Check “In Place” if you are comfortable with your knowledge and skills in this area and exhibit appropriate and consistent behavior. √ Check “Improvement Needed” if you need to… Read More

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Parents and Families are Valuable Partners

Inclusive schools that have maintained success over time have a very important commonality: They engage family members in meaningful school and classroom activities. Family involvement is an important component in nurturing a school environment of acceptance and support. 
 
The federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) provides funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act… Read More

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Impact of Parents on Student Success

Research shows that parents have a major influence on a child's achievement. According to a handout prepared by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), when parents are involved, regardless of income or background, children are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, attend school regularly, have better social skills… Read More

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Reflections on Life at Home

"Inclusion, as a value, supports the right of all children, regardless of their diverse abilities, to participate actively in natural settings within their communities." --Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Early Childhood's position statement The home is the most natural setting that a child of any age will encounter on a daily basis. The definition… Read More

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The Partnership Between Parents and Educators

I recognize that the phrase 'parent involvement' is certainly inadequate when you truly think about the importance of the relationship between the family and the educators.  First, the phrase signifies a one-way street rather than the partnership it is intended to be.  Second, perhaps the word 'engagement' should be used to reflect the active roles… Read More

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Resources for Parents of Children with Special Needs

PresenceLearning’s New Trail Map for Parents is a handy resource you can give to parents that provides a clear, six-step path from the referral phase through treatment and ongoing re-evaluation as developmental goals are met. Navigating the sea of information about special needs is confusing for nearly every parent, and educators not only need to address… Read More

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Khan Academy- Free Learning Resources for EVERYONE!

Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. They're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after… Read More