Special Needs Parents

By Donna Wendelburg & Kathy Nurek.  Collaboration With Special Needs Parents Children will more easily reach their full potential if the adults around them are working as a team. Use the following suggestions to increase your team’s effectiveness and build good relations with special needs parents. Tell Parents What They Do Well. “I like the way you smile at your child” may be the only compliment you can think of, but it will go a long way to building an effective team of professionals and parents.  Parents need to know what they’re doing right; they often need reassurance and emotional support.  Having a child with a disability makes parenting a daunting task. Learn to Understand Normal Child Development, including Vision and Auditory Development.  Professionals need to understand normal child development or they can’t look for the causes that allow a child to fail. Emphasize a developmental approach rather than a remedial (repetition) approach.  For example, phonics will work – if…