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ERIC Number: ED246617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Helping the Helpers: Increasing Parent Involvement.
Glimps, Blanche E.
The paper looks at the effect of a handicapped child on the family; the effectiveness of providing supportive assistance to such families; and strategies, techniques, or models for providing aid. The complexity of a parent's reactions to the birth of a handicapped child is pointed out, and family characteristics (such as poor health of the mother) which influence stress are considered. The framework of the family structure which includes a handicapped child is examined. Guidelines for Helpers (individuals who aid the family) in identifying family needs are offered. Noted among important qualities for Helpers are the ability to provide emotional support and ability to act in various roles including teacher and role model. Techniques and strategies for helping are seen to include developing an empathetic approach and addressing the family's informational needs using understandable terminology. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (62nd, Washington, DC, April 23-27, 1984).