Conducting Effective Conferences with Parents of Children with Disabilities: A Guide for Teachers

Conducting Effective Conferences with Parents of Children with Disabilities: A Guide for Teachers

by Milton Seligman

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Successful collaboration between teachers and parents can greatly enhance children's educational growth and development. This clearly written book provides teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct effective conferences with parents of children with disabilities. Readers gain a solid understanding of the challenges that families face as a consequence of childhood disability; how family dynamics and roles are affected; and issues that are likely to arise in meetings with school professionals. Reviewing the basic elements of parent-teacher conferencing, Seligman highlights ways to establish rapport with families, develop strong listening and responding skills, and engage parents who may feel anxious, frustrated, or angry. Also addressed are the specific requirements of the legally mandated Individualized Educational Program conference. Enhancing the book's utility are numerous concrete examples and sample parent-teacher dialogues, as well as role-play scenarios and exercises to build conferencing skills. The Appendix describes a range of disability-related referral sources and publications suitable for recommendation to parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572305373
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Milton Seligman, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair, Counseling Psychology Program, University of Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents

1. Families and the Schools
2. Parents and Teachers: Reciprocal Views
3. Family Dynamics: An Overview
4. Family Reaction to Childhood Disability
5. Basic Principles of Interviewing
6. Useful Specific Strategies in Working with Parents of Children with Disabilities
7. The Individualized Education Program Conference
8. Working with Challenging Parents
Appendix: Resources for Teachers to Help Parents


Teachers in regular and special education settings; school psychologists, counselors, and administrators; inservice trainers and instructional support specialists; graduate-level students of education and school psychology. Serves as a text in teacher training courses and courses for educational administrators.

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