Parents and Professionals Partnering for Children with Disabilities : A Dance That Matters

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-04-05
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr

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Cultivating partnership with parents through the dance of communication The authors draw upon the themes of dance and partnership and their years of experience as successful consultants, trainers, and parents to accomplish the journey to partnership between teachers and caregivers. They outline a developmental approach to helping teachers of children with special needs improve their working relationship with parents. The authors' collective years of experience provide a deep sense of realism and compassion to this resource. Key features include: - Practical insights and field-tested solutions Easy-to-read, non-technical language Sample letters from educators to parents Stories and examples of positive communication

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
About the Authorsp. xxii
Introductionp. 1
The Dance Toward Partnership: Using the Dance Metaphor to Understand Parent-Professional Partnershipsp. 5
How the Dance Beginsp. 7
Phases of the Partnership Dancep. 11
More Resourcesp. 35
Listening to the Hidden Lyrics: Tuning in to Your Partnerp. 37
The Story of Samp. 38
The Story of Rachelp. 64
More Resourcesp. 93
The Dance Manual: Essential Steps to Keep on Dancingp. 94
For Parents: Essential Stepsp. 95
For Professionals: Essential Stepsp. 100
More Resourcesp. 111
When the Dance Is Complicatedp. 112
A Complicated Dance: When Parents Appear Angryp. 113
A Few Other Points to Consider When Parents Seem to be Uninvolved or Are Absentp. 123
Concluding Thoughts: We Are All People Firstp. 125
More Resourcesp. 126
Enhancing the Dance: Partnership Notesp. 127
Practical Suggestions for Professionalsp. 129
Partnership Notesp. 130
More Resourcesp. 135
A Dance That Mattersp. 136
Resources for Families and Professionalsp. 138
References and Selected Readingsp. 143
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