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ERIC Number: ED165904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-May
Pages: 27
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Parent Involvement and the Development of Children with Special Needs.
Honig, Alice Sterling
This paper discusses ways parents influence the educational and emotional development of their handicapped children and how parent involvement in special education programs facilitates growth processes in these children. Research findings indicating the importance of the parent-child relationship and parenting styles are summarized. Program descriptions are presented and suggestions are given for implementing aspects of parent involvement in programs designed to meet the needs of handicapped children. Included are discussions of the desire for varied program approaches to meet individual parent-child needs; language delay and creative programming in the home; child abuse problems and solutions; severe emotional handicaps in children and how parents can help; the need to provide information for parents (on their children's handicapping conditions, on various types of programs and the theories on which they are based, and on mainstreaming possibilities) to help them make decisions as to the best placement for their children. Advantages of parent-to-parent models which provide opportunities for parents of handicapped children to talk and work together are discussed along with programs focusing on the prevention of childhood handicaps through parent education; educational resources for parents; and parental characteristics and behaviors which are likely to promote optimum development of handicapped children. (SE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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