ERIC Number: ED387967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Helping Parents Negotiate the School System.
Glang, Ann; And Others
This paper presents an analysis of current education services for students with traumatic brain injury (TBI) from the perspectives of children, parents, and educators. It presents results from several pilot surveys that asked parents and educators to identify the strengths and weaknesses of current educational services for students. Guidelines for helping parents to effectively negotiate the school system are offered. The survey of 31 parents of children with TBI found that parents were dissatisfied with their child's school in five of six domains (only physical accessibility was rated positively). Parents identified limited staff knowledge of TBI and limited resources as the primary reasons for the school's unsatisfactory performance. In two surveys, educators (N=183 and N=34) attributed their own lack of knowledge and the cognitive deficits of students as barriers to TBI students' successful school experiences. An inverse relationship between the educator's level of knowledge and perceived competence was also found. Three guidelines for parents are presented: (1) become informed about services that will help your child and about your rights in accessing these services; (2) establish a collaborative relationship with the education team; and (3) remember to take care of yourself to help cope more effectively with stress factors. (Contains 29 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Home/School for Families and Children with Traumatic Brain Injury. Final Report; see EC 304 319.