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ERIC Number: ED421209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Parent-Professional Partnerships in Family Focused Intervention.
Bagdi, Aparna
The Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments of 1986 provide for early intervention services to children with special needs and their families. Part of the amendment requires that early intervention programs develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for each child. These plans require that families participate in defining the child's intervention program. This article discusses the problems that arise in assessing family strengths and needs, identifying resources, and empowering parents. Issues of collaboration between parents and professionals are considered particularly difficult, and their success crucial. The article considers issues such as re-training and re-education of early intervention professionals, re-vamping old intervention programs to make them more family-centered, and changing the established mindset of professionals and parents. Guidelines for best practice for professionals to achieve these cooperation goals are suggested. Contains 20 references. (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments 1986