ERIC Number: ED284401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Educational Aid to Parents of Young Handicapped Children.
Kotze, J. M. A.
The paper examines educational needs of the parents of handicapped children from an international perspective. Noted are common reactions and behaviors of parents including shock, embarrassment, denial of the problem, projection of blame and suspicion, fear and anxiety, and guilt and self-reproach. The impact of the handicapped child on the family is characterized as increasing financial pressure, restricting social activities, requiring role changes, and making continuous demands. A philosophy of education is proposed which stresses the dialogical character of education (an interactional relationship between a mature person and the child) and a linear dynamic movement from childhood to adulthood. Problematic education situations are contrasted by prospectless behavior of students and a circular (rather than linear) dynamic movement. Specific types of educational assistance recommended for parents of disabled children are the following: communication of diagnostic results and accompanying advice to parents; redefining the problem for parents; explaining the child's problem to the parents; and engagement of parents in coordinated educational endeavors. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress of O.M.E.P. the World Organization for Preschool Education (18th, Jerusalem, Israel, July 13-17, 1986).