ERIC Number: ED295374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
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The Suspicion of a Learning Disability: A Guide for the Parent-Teacher Conference.
Scheerschmidt, Andrea E.
Because teachers are usually the first to observe that a student may have a learning problem, it is often their job to suggest to parents that an outside professional evaluation of their child be considered. This is particularly true for teachers in private and parochial schools, because the typical public school support staff is usually not available. This paper provides an approach to a parent-teacher conference that can enable educators to help parents acquire a realistic, yet optimistic, view of what can and should be done for their child. Five guidelines are presented: (1) keep the setting as relaxed as possible; (2) let the parents speak first; (3) keep the purpose of the meeting focused and do not overstep professional boundaries; (4) be prepared with data to back up suspicions; and (5) be aware of the parents' emotions and feelings in response to the information given. Emphasis is placed on the conference as part of a process. The parents may resist the notion that their son or daughter has a learning disability and the teacher is reminded that the task of convincing them may take some time. (VW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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