ERIC Number: EJ775804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Supporting Family Choice
Murray, Mary M.; Christensen, Kimberly A.; Umbarger, Gardner T.; Rade, Karin C.; Aldridge, Kathryn; Niemeyer, Judith A.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v35 n2 p111-117 Oct 2007
Supporting family choice in the decision-making process is recommended practice in the field of early childhood and early childhood special education. These decisions may relate to the medical, educational, social, recreational, therapeutic/rehabilitative, and community aspects of the child's disability. Although this practice conveys the message that families are the primary decision-makers for their children, families are not always adequately supported by professionals through the decision-making process. This manuscript calls for a renewed focus on family choice from the parents' perspective by offering vignettes from parents who have had both positive and negative experiences with parent choice. To explore family choice, this manuscript includes discussions of (a) ethical, societal, and legislative rationales for families making choices, (b) benefits and challenges of family informed choice in practice, and (c) clarification of the professionals' roles. This manuscript provides recommendations and strategies for assisting professionals in facilitating and optimizing the choice process for families.
Descriptors: Children, School Choice, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Decision Making, Disabilities, Family Involvement, Role, Professional Personnel
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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