ERIC Number: ED248621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Someday I May Want to Know about...Parent and Professional Communication: How to Give More and Get More.
Intended primarily for parents of and professionals working with handicapped children, the paper examines the parent-professional relationship and suggests ways to enhance communication. The parent's principal responsibility for monitoring the child's physical, psychological, and educational well-being is stressed. Suggestions for improving parent-professional cooperation are directed to professionals, including providing practical management ideas to parents, becoming aware of community resources, writing reports in understandable language and giving parents copies of those reports, helping parents to think of life with this child in the same terms as life with other children, and making sure that parents understand the child's abilities as well as disabilities. Suggestions addressed to parents include insisting on their rights to consultation in every step of diagnosis and placement, becoming skilled in persuasion, enlisting one person's help in coordinating diagnostic visits and results, learning to keep comprehensive records, and learning as much as possible about the child's problem. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Association for Retarded Citizens, Rockville, MD.