ERIC Number: EJ1010042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: N/A
Family Connections: When the Personal Parent-Professional Partnership Is in Your Own Head
Allen, Amy E.
Childhood Education, v89 n3 p202 2013
As an early childhood professional, this author spent the first 17 years of her career as an advocate for children and their families. With an advanced degree in early childhood special education, she learned about the pitfalls and triumphs of special education. After leaving the classroom and entering the world of academia in teacher education, she continued to encourage the appropriate education of all children, regardless of ability. But when she and her husband gave birth to a child with Down syndrome, little did she know how important the first 17 years of her career would be in her role as a parent. The dichotomy between parent and professional began from the very first moment they were given her diagnosis, and she has had the opportunity to be both parent and professional. In this brief article, the author describes what she has learned from her personal parent-professional partnership (PPPP) and generalizes it to her other two children who do not have cognitive or physical challenges, noting that perhaps the PPPP is something that all parents who are also professional educators experience.
Descriptors: Special Education, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parent School Relationship, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Parent Role, Advocacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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