ERIC Number: ED303973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-24
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Parent Education To Improve Parental Involvement in IEP's for Severely Head-Injured Children in Grades 1-12.
Payne, Sidney L.
The practicum was designed to assist parents of head-injured children in dealing with the special education system. The program provided parents with information about the special education system and encouraged them to take an active role at the Individualized Education Program (IEP) conference. Parents were also helped to better understand the changes in their head-injured child. Interviews with 28 parents of head-injured children revealed that parents were not being active participants at their child's IEP meeting. Feelings of stress, lack of knowledge about the purpose of an IEP, and negative feedback from school personnel were causes most often cited by parents for their passive role. Parent training sessions were designed and implemented to teach parents about: Public Law 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act; neuropsychological assessments; cognitive impairments; sensory and perceptual difficulties; social and emotional difficulties; and IEPs. Results of the practicum were positive. The program increased the parents' knowledge and understanding about the educational needs of their head-injured child. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum I Report, Nova University.