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ERIC Number: ED354671
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-19
Pages: 72
Abstractor: N/A
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Meeting the Needs of Parents of Preschool Handicapped Children through Increased Support Services.
Cormany, Ernestine E.
This practicum report describes development of a system of family support services for 56 parents of preschool handicapped children (ages birth to 3) in an early intervention setting. A preliminary survey was administered to determine family needs. A family support group was then developed which met monthly for fellowship, networking, work projects, and parent education. Individual family conferences were held to develop Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP). Also, a parent handbook was developed and disseminated to parents. Results of a post-intervention survey indicated significant feelings of increased support and a positive shift in attitude by agency staff from a child-focused approach to a family-centered philosophy. Recommendations to others considering establishing such groups are offered and include: provide transportation and child care, develop a program committee made up primarily of parents to determine topics and activities, stress a family-centered philosophy in all staff development activities, and have an experienced parent partner help parents prepare for the IFSP meeting. Appendices include the parent survey, a parent letter, a parent support group information sheet, meeting/activity notices, and an IFSP model. (Contains 54 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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