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.

Parent/Guardian Survey Verifying Functional Skills and Environments

Experience has taught me that students with moderate/severe disabilities, who are receiving functional services, often have families that are simply stressed.  These are folks who don’t have the time or inclination to complete a form.  These are sometimes the families who do not return forms sent to them from school.  The importance of the needed… Read More

A Common Vocabulary in Inclusive Schools

Words are powerful. Consistency in the words we use to describe services and supports for  students with disabilities must be clear and consistent across the district for all children, parents, teachers, and community members. This brief tutorial defines inclusion and provides clarity regarding commonly used terms, such as PLAAFP, Curricular Supports, Advanced Supports, Support Facilitation, and… Read More

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

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

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   Kitchen Safety for Parents of Disabled… Read More

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

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

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

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

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