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Involving Parents of Students With Special Needs

25 Ready-to-Use Strategies

The author provides general and special education teachers with ready-to-use techniques, sample completed forms, and tips for increasing the involvement of parents of students with special needs.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: K-12
  • ISBN: 9781412951203
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2008
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: January 28, 2013

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"This book makes a great contribution to education. Teachers across specialties would find these strategies helpful for facilitating communication with parents and caregivers."
—Erin Jones, Special Education Teacher
Tea Area Elementary School, SD

"Involving parents on a positive level is essential to educating all students, especially students with special needs. This book helps readers with real-world situations—something that most college courses cannot prepare you for. Easy and user-friendly, this book provides strategies and tools to aid in communicating with parents."
—Laura Peterson, Special Education Teacher
Center School, Stow, MA

Bridge the communication gap with parents of children with special needs!

Research has shown that establishing strong communication links with parents and promoting family involvement can have positive and tangible effects on a student's success in school.

In this teacher-friendly resource, Jill C. Dardig provides 25 ready-to-use techniques for involving parents in the education of their children. Both general and special education teachers in Grades PreK–12 can use these strategies to reach the parents of students with a wide range of learning needs, including cognitive, emotional/behavioral, social, sensory, and physical disabilities, as well as the parents of typically developing students. Involving Parents of Students With Special Needs anticipates the challenges to parent involvement and provides step-by-step directions, sample materials, and tips for

  • Using letters, telephone, email, newsletters, and progress reports to communicate with parents
  • Conducting successful parent conferences and in-person meetings
  • Connecting parents with needed resources
  • Helping parents teach their children at home
  • Dealing with home/school conflict situations
  • Preparing a parent involvement action plan

This practical guide helps teachers and parents work together to give students with special needs the necessary support to succeed in school.

Key features

  • More than 20 easy-to-use teaching strategies for immediately involving parents of students with special needs
  • A Special Feature page listing all the involvement strategies discussed in the book
  • Techniques applicable to any grade level and any setting
  • Includes a Parent Involvement Portfolio so teachers can document their work
  • The Strategy Review Checklist reviews how to most effectively work with parents
  • Strategies require only minimal teacher preparation time


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Jill C. Dardig

Jill C. Dardig is a professor of education at Ohio Dominican University, where she teaches a variety of courses and supervises student teachers. She has trained intervention specialists for the past 30 years at the university and was the first recipient of Ohio Dominican's Booth-Ferris Master Faculty Award. Dardig has served as president of the Teacher Education Division of the Ohio Federation Council for Exceptional Children. She worked previously as a curriculum specialist for the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, a special education faculty member at Russell Sage College, a research assistant for the Northeast Regional Media Center for the Deaf, and a parent educator for Project Change. Dardig has written a variety of books and other publications about and for parents.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Special Feature Figures



About the Author

1. Introduction

Parent Involvement Is Important and Up to You!

Your Personal Philosophy of Parent Involvement

2. Getting Started

Strategy 1: Personalized Letterhead

Strategy 2: Parent Contact Log

Strategy 3: Introductory Letter

Strategy 4: Parent Volunteer Invitation

3. Designing Your Classroom to Educate Parents

Strategy 5: The Visible Curriculum

4. Group Written Communication and Interaction

Strategy 6: Suggestion Box Letter

Strategy 7: Class Newsletter

5. Personalized Written Communication and Interaction

Strategy 8: Weekly Progress Report

Strategy 9: Parent Appreciation Letter

Strategy 10: Print Resource Letter

Strategy 11: Internet Resource Letter

Strategy 12: E-mail Communication

6. Telephone Communication

Strategy 13: Phone Call to an Organization

Strategy 14: Phone Calls to Parents

Strategy 15: Voicemail

7. In-Person Meetings

Strategy 16: Parent Group Meetings

Strategy 17: Pre-Conference Parent Survey

Strategy 18: Tips for Successful Conferences

8. Helping Parents Teach Their Children at Home

Strategy 19: IEP/IFSP Practice Letter

Strategy 20: Home Activity Calendar

Strategy 21: Home Response Cards

Strategy 22: Make-It-Take-It Workshop

Strategy 23: Summer Activities Letter

9. Challenges to Parent Involvement

Strategy 24: Conflict Situations

Obstacles to Parent Involvement

10. Staying Organized and Planning for Next Year

Strategy 25: Parent Involvement Portfolio

Parent Involvement Action Plan





Price: $41.95
Volume Discounts applied in Shopping Cart

For Instructors

Request Review Copy

When you select 'request review copy', you will be redirected to Sage Publishing (our parent site) to process your request.