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ERIC Number: ED548048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 182
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-6787-7
Perceptions of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Parents of Preschool Children with Speech and Language Impairments
Max, Marie Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northern Arizona University
In the realm of special education, the parents' participation is mandated by IDEA (2004) and programs and schools must provide them the information and opportunities to be involved in the decision-making process and to work with professionals, early childhood special educators, and service providers. This purpose of this study was to address the need for research employing a qualitative approach to gain insight and improved understanding of the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) parents and their Head Start children with speech and language impairments and how they obtained speech therapy services for them. Three staff members who worked directly with these parents also shared their roles and experiences in these interactions. Interviews were used to hear the voices of the parents and staff. Two major themes that emerged were the need for acknowledgement and use of the families' cultures and languages in the procedures and provision of services and that parents be fully included in the decision making process of their children's individual education programs. Findings from this study may lead to improved and culturally sensitive special education services for CLD parents and their preschool children. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Language: English
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