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Working with Parents of Children with Special Educational Needs

Working with Parents of Children with Special Educational Needs

October 2007 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Every practitioner knows the importance of collaborating with parents to ensure the best support for children with special educational needs. Working with Parents of Children With Special Educational Needs offers clear strategies for forging successful and lasting relationships with parents and includes: 

  • Strategies for communicating effectively with parents
  • Ways in which the preschool SENCO can lead the process 
  • Tips for building successful links with other related professionals 
  • Activities and case studies 
  • A CD-ROM with checklists and reproducibles

This resource is ideal for all those working with children from birth to 5 years of age, such as pre-school practitioners, nursery managers, advisory teachers, SENCOs, inclusion officers, and child care and education students and tutors.

1. A Solid Foundation: Basic Principles of Why and How
2. The Toolkit: Developing your own Personal Skills
3. Building Blocks: Planning, Policies and Practice
4. Working Together: Involving Parents in their Children's Learning
5. It's good to Talk: Communicating with Parents and Professionals
6. Scaffolding: Supporting Parents Through Challenging Times

very practical and clearly thought out. useful checklists and prompts for discussion.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty of Education (Parkgate), Chester University
April 24, 2015

a great book with practical resources

Mrs Alison Loughnane
Early Years Dept, Hopwood Hall College
March 9, 2015

Supports students understanding of working with parents with special educational needs. Links to one of the essentila units on the evel 3 course

Mrs Fiona Craig
Education , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
August 21, 2013

not what expected

Professor Raquel Plotka
Social Science Div, Marymount Manhattan College
October 22, 2012

Excellent book which has many practical strategies for forging positive partnerships with parents which is imperative when considering the education of children with special needs.
The accompanying CD-ROM is very useful.

Mrs Asha Bijay
School of Humanities, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
February 16, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chris Dukes

Chris Dukes is a qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience. She has worked in various London primary schools as a class teacher and also as a member of the Senior Management Team. Chris has a Master’s degree in Special Needs and through her later role as a Special Needs Co-ordinator and Support Teacher, many years’ experience of working with children with additional needs. Chris has worked closely, mentoring, advising and supervising staff teams to work with young children as well as with other education and health professionals. She currently works part time as an Area SENCO supporting Special Needs Co-ordinators and managers in a... More About Author

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith began her career as a nursery teacher in Birmingham. She has worked as a peripatetic teacher for an under-5’s EAL Team and went on to become the Foundation Stage manager of an Early Years Unit in inner London. Maggie helped to set up an innovative unit for young children with behavioural difficulties and has also worked supporting families of children with special needs. She has taught on Early Years BTEC and CACHE courses at a college of higher education. Maggie currently works part time as an Area SENCO supporting Special Needs Co-ordinators and managers in a range of early year’s settings. She is also one half of ... More About Author

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