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ERIC Number: ED339978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Building Strategies To Meet the Developmental Needs of Homeless Children.
D'Andrea, Michael; And Others
While most people would readily agree that all family members and especially children are likely to experience adverse effects to their personal development as a result of being homeless, it is both surprising and distressing to note how little attention this topic has received in the professional literature to date. Counselors are well-advised to first discuss the problems of homelessness as they impact both individual students and the school body at-large with principals and teachers. Counselors might also express their availability to consult with interested teachers about various types of guidance activities that could be used to promote cooperation and cohesiveness among all the members in a classroom setting. This recommendation is based on the awareness that many homeless children tend to withdraw from peer interactions. By collaborating with key local persons concerning the needs of homeless children, counselors can develop an informal support network and referral system. Providing various types of support that encourage homeless parents to become more involved in their children's lives is a useful way to help reduce their sense of disengagement and parental impotence. Developing special groups for homeless children may have a potential negative effect of further stigmatizing homeless students. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A