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ERIC Number: ED433152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Relationships with Parents with Disabilities: Perceptions and Training Needs of Head Start Staff.
Bhagwanji, Yash; Thomas, Dawn; Bennett, Tess; Stillwell, Marge; Allison, Anita
Head Start provides comprehensive education and family support to over 15 million children living in impoverished environments in the United States. Surveys and canvass calls were used to ascertain the extent and nature of contact that Head Start staff have with parents with disabilities. Responses from Head Start programs in a six-state region indicated that 85 percent of programs serve parents with disabilities. Program staff reported that working with parents with emotional disabilities as being the most difficult. Making referrals, adapting information, and providing social support were the main strategies used when working with parents with disabilities. The majority of programs did not have any written policies to guide their work with such parents. Larger programs, usually located in urban areas, made significantly more referrals to leisure/recreation, social support, self-help and substance abuse services. The findings pose implications for programmatic changes in Head Start. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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