ERIC Number: ED386883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
[Support for Family Members of Children with Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disabilities.]
McManus, Marilyn, Ed.
Focal Point, v9 n2 Fall 1995
This thematic newsletter issue describes programs supporting family members of children with mental, emotional, and behavioral disabilities, as well as the perspectives of family members regarding daily life with these children. The importance of fathers' involvement with a child with special needs and support systems and services that are geared to the father's role and needs are considered. Strategies for involving fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other significant males in the child's life are discussed. Resources for fathers, including a fathers' network, five publications, and two videos, are identified. Grandparenting roles and the unique relationship of a grandparent with his special needs grandchild are also considered, and a program is described which provides a variety of resources for grandparents, including workshops and support groups, telephone support, and a newsletter. Additionally, programs, services, and considerations regarding siblings of children with special needs are addressed. It is noted that sisters and brothers of a child with special needs can benefit from meeting in a recreational setting with others who have similar experiences. Two organizational resources for siblings, seven books, and newsletters are identified. Personal accounts from five family members are presented. (SW)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR. Regional Research Inst. for Human Services.