ERIC Number: ED328873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Implementation of an Educational Program for Parents of Students Enrolled in a Center for Reading and Learning Disabilities.
Allison, Sarah F.
A program was designed to address the problem of parents who are uninformed or misinformed about their child's reading or learning disability, resulting in frustration and the inability to interact effectively with their child in academic activities. The program was implemented at a private reading and learning center which serves about 125 students weekly, from kindergarten through college level. The program's goals were: (1) to inform parents of the specific type of problem their child was experiencing; (2) to help parents develop an understanding of their child's disabilities; (3) to help parents develop skills to assist their child with academic exercises; (4) to provide parents an opportunity to interact in a group situation; (5) to establish a communication link between the center and the child's school; and (6) to provide literature and printed information for parents on their child's disability. The program included an assessment of parents' knowledge, regular scheduled conferences, group meetings, communicating with the child's school, and literature on disabilities presented in layman's terms. Data from questionnaires, interviews, homework surveys, and parents' assessment of reading materials were analyzed, revealing that five of the six goals were achieved. (Six tables of data are included, and 57 references are attached. Eleven appendixes, containing the instruments used to evaluate the program, samples of parents' responses, a list of suggested reading materials for parents, and a program brochure, are attached.) (SR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Learning Disabilities, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Conferences, Parent Education, Parent Materials, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Program Effectiveness, Reading Difficulties, Remedial Reading
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.