Engaging Parents: Tips for Effectively Collaborating with Parents

Presented By: Jean Blosser , CCC-SLP, Ed.D., ASHA Fellow
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 90 minutes
  • Tue, October 21, 2014
Event Description

Parents are the Most Effective Educators. By Successfully Collaborating with Parents, Educational Institutions will be Able to Enhance Child's Overall Development. Here's how.

Parents are the constant in a child's life. They bear the responsibility of making decisions that will affect their child's life and education. Professionals are transitory, making contributions along the way. You can increase a child's potential for success by engaging their parents and preparing them to play a critical role in their child's education, health care, and therapy intervention.

Many professionals are reluctant to work with parents because of complexities such as legal issues, time constraints, adversarial relationships, negative experiences, lack of resources, and more. Parents have similar concerns. Parents are sometimes nervous about meeting with educators and clinicians because they may not want to hear bad news or they disagree with the recommendations. Many parents bring fears, lack of confidence, or their own negative experiences to the table. There may also be language and cultural challenges. Some parents bring advocates to school meetings to help them communicate their concerns. To complicate matters, scheduling time for face-to-face meetings is difficult due to complex work timings, and transportation problems.

This webinar by expert Jean Blosser, CCC-SLP, Ed.D will motivate educators, therapists, and health care providers to take a fresh approach to establishing meaningful partnerships with parents. Creating effective collaborative partnerships represents a philosophical approach to providing high quality education and therapy services to ensure that professionals partner with each other as well as family members to develop plans and strategies for helping children with disabilities. Collaborative partnerships can help you:

  • Define and clarify problems
  • Share responsibility
  • Identify strengths, weaknesses, and needs
  • Develop teaching techniques and solutions
  • Observe students' performance in specific learning situations
  • Stabilize newly taught skills
  • Monitor progress

Successful collaboration starts by recognizing that parents are eager to help their children succeed. They want to know what is going on in the classroom and how they can help. The tone set at meetings and the methods used to communicate important messages can shape parents' attitudes and responses. If everything goes well, the institutions and parents feel that they are partnering on various decisions. If things are not well-planned, an adversarial relationship may evolve. This webinar will prepare professionals to establish meaningful relationships with parents using a mentoring model to help them better understand their child and to play a key role in their child's success.

You'll learn:

  • Stages of collaboration
  • Tips for managing parent conferences
  • Communicate to Educate (Ideas for messaging and keeping parents in the loop)
  • Working with advocates
  • Sample parent-oriented materials

Training Objective:

  • Professionals' and parents' expectations of one another
  • Benefits of collaboration
  • Barriers to working together and strategies for breaking down barriers
  • The role parents can play        
  • Dealing with adversarial situations
  • Tips, tools, and resources for mentoring parents
  • Fitting parent collaboration into hectic schedules

Who Should Attend

Any education, special education, health care, or social service professional who works with children including:

  • Teachers
  • School administrators
  • Psychologists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Social workers
  • Guidance counselors,
  • Early child development specialists

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Jean Blosser CCC-SLP, Ed.D., ASHA Fellow
Jean Blosser, Ed.D., CCC-SLP is passionate about creating systems in our schools that ensure therapists and special educators are providing high quality, outcomes-based services for children with disabilities. To Jean, collaboration is essential! Early in her career Jean initiated the first speech-language-hearing ther... More info


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