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ERIC Number: EJ906270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-2154-1647
Professionals' Attitudes on Partnering with Families of Children and Youth with Disabilities
Bezdek, Jamie; Summers, Jean Ann; Turnbull, Ann
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v45 n3 p356-365 Sep 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the professionals' perspectives regarding characteristics of effective partnerships with parents. The sample involved 20 professionals representing the backgrounds of occupational therapists/physical therapists/speech-language pathologists, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and health professionals. The following three themes were identified through qualitative analysis: (a) gap between family-centered language and actions; (b) "Goldilocks" perception (i.e., the perception that parents may be involved too much, too little, or just right); and (c) parental blame. Future directions for research and practice are suggested. (Contains 1 table.)
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A