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Collaboration With Families Of Students With Disabilities

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This course focuses on the interrelationships of varied services for students with disabilities.  Emphasis is placed on meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of students with disabilities by working with parents, professionals and community services to develop collaborative and productive professional relationships.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Legal Issues and Confidentiality Considerations

    • Examine professional and ethical considerations related to confidentiality.
    • Examine the history of special education laws and litigation that support family involvement in educational systems.
    • Identify changes to the Individual’s with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that strengthened the family’s role in the IEP process.
    • Explain the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the context of special education.

    Understanding Family Systems

    • Examine the dynamics of family structures.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of families within their cultural and demographic context.
    • Examine family characteristics and their impact on students with disabilities.
    • Identify the natural supports built within families of students with disabilities.

    Effects of Disabilities on Families

    • Describe the family life cycle for families of children with disabilities.
    • Examine the experiences of grief and loss for families of children with disabilities.
    • Examine the impact of children with disabilities on typically developing siblings.

    Building Advocacy

    • Describe the components of an effective advocate.
    • Define the advocacy roles for special educators, students with disabilities and their families.
    • Demonstrate advocacy skills.

    Collaboration with Family Agencies and Service Providers

    • Identify national and local family support agencies and service providers for students with disabilities.
    • Develop a classification system for family support agencies and service providers for students with disabilities.
    • Identify the elements of an effective coordination process between family support agencies, service providers and families of students with disabilities.
    • Create a coordination plan for families of students with disabilities.

    Collaboration between Families and Schools

    • Describe the components of a collaborative climate.
    • Describe the process for developing a collaborative team.
    • Identify ways to deal with conflict in the collaborative process.
    • Demonstrate the use of effective collaboration skills during school/family conferences and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process.
    • Analyze the differences between levels of collaboration during the family life cycle (early childhood, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary).
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