ERIC Number: ED474357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Basics for Parents: Parent to Parent Support.
This information brief describes the Parent to Parent Program, which provides information and one-to-one emotional support to parents of children who have special needs. In the program, trained and experienced parents are carefully matched in one-to-one relationships with parents who are new to the program. The matches are based upon similarities in disability and family issues. Parent to Parent matches are usually made very quickly, often within 24 hours of the referral. The benefits of the program include: (1) providing parents with an opportunities to talk to someone about the impact of disability on their family and friends; (2) allowing parents to discuss the stress of dealing with multiple doctors, learning a whole new vocabulary, and dealing with the financial aspects of disability; (3) helping parents find support and advice about special classes and services, talking to special educators about a childs difficulties, and trying to remain optimistic; (4) helping parents find playmates and friends for a child who may not play the same way as other children; (5) assisting parents in learning about keeping their family happy and healthy while making major changes; and (6) helping parents learn how to have confidence in their own impressions and ideas for their children. The brief provides information on how to find a Parent to Parent Program in a specific state. (CR)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Coping, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Friendship, Helping Relationship, Organizations (Groups), Parent Associations, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Referral, Social Support Groups, Stress Management
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY), P.O. Box 1492, Washington DC 20013-1492. Tel: 800-695-0285 (Toll Free V/TTY); Tel: 202-884-8200 (V/TTY); Fax: 202-884-8441; e-mail:email@example.com.For full text: http://www.nichcy.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.