ERIC Number: ED215457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Involving Parents in the Delivery of Services to Handicapped Children.
Grogan, Marian; And Others
The state of the art in involving parents in the education of their handicapped children is reviewed, and model program approaches for increasing their participation are described. Background aspects considered include research findings that demonstrate the importance of parent involvement, and a review of legislative mandates on the topic. The conceptual framework of parent involvement components of Child Service Demonstration Centers (CSDCs) and Handicapped Children Model Programs (HCMPs) is detailed. The mirror model is said to address both needs and strengths of participating parents in levels of professional service for parents (providing general information to parents, sharing information with individual parents, developing parent education workshops, providing indepth counseling or therapy), and in parental services for professionals and parents (obtaining information from parents, involving them in individualized educational programs, using them as volunteers and advisors, and finally, using parents as trainers). Examples of HCMPs and CSDCs are given to illustrate each of the levels in the mirror model. A summary section reviews differences in programs serving parents of mildly and severely/profoundly handicapped students. (Listings of the CSDCs and HCMPs referred to in the text are appended.) (CL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Network of Innovative Schools, Inc., Andover, MA.