Conducting Effective Conferences with Parents of Children with Disabilities

A Guide for Teachers

Milton Seligman

March 11, 2000
ISBN 9781572305373
Price: $40.00
303 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

“This book is very much needed in the teacher preparation field; not only for special educators, but also for regular educators, who are increasingly involved with the families of students with disabilities. Very well written and well documented, it combines the theoretical and the practical and can be used as either a primary or a supplementary text. The book's coverage of how to improve communication with parents during the Individualized Education Program process will be particularly useful for teachers who must navigate this emotionally complex interaction on a regular basis.”

—Charles M. Cohen, PhD, Supervisor of Rehabilitation and Psychology, Pittsburgh, PA Public Schools

“The parent-teacher conference is a critical time for teachers to establish true partnerships with parents. Such partnerships are beneficial for all students, but are especially important for children with disabilities. This book helps teachers understand the unique concerns of parents of children with disabilities, access and maximize family resources, develop a relationship with parents which includes two-way communication and mutual respect, and work with parents to enhance children's success. All K-12 teachers and teachers-in-training will benefit from the guidelines and strategies in this book. It will also be useful as a text for courses in regular and special education, school psychology, and school counseling. In addition, the concept of school staff working more collaboratively with parents is currently being developed as a new competency for credentialing requirements. This book would help credentialing programs educate and train their students in how to develop this very important competency.”

—Bonnie S. Ho, EdD, Department of Educational Psychology, California State University, Hayward

“This book is a powerful tool that will help teachers develop the many complex skills required for successful meetings with parents. I attend many parent meetings (school support team, disciplinary, special education IEP and eligibility meetings) where the weaknesses of the student are overemphasized, the focus gets sidetracked, or miscommunication and power struggles arise between parents and the school. This book offers a more balanced approach, enabling professionals to address both the strengths and weaknesses of students with disabilities and work toward involving parents as part of a collaborative team. It will serve as a text in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in education, school psychology, and school social work and counseling.”

—Paula Freer, PhD, Certified School Social Worker and School Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist; Coordinator of Psychology Services, Troup County Schools, Georgia