Children with disabilities; Meeting parents' concerns

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      [Children with Disabilities: Meeting Parents' Concerns]

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      SPEAKER: I spent two years teachingin a collaboration setting in fourth gradewith a special ed partner in a [INAUDIBLE],and during each of those two yearsI worked with six special ed students.And their needs ranged from learning disabilitiesto behavior disorders to lots of different things

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      SPEAKER [continued]: that affected their academics.And during that two years I learned that parents obviouslyhave a lot of concerns dealing with their childrenwhen they have learning disabilities.There's a lot of protection going on,which I can understand.They feel very territorial over their child,and they want to make sure that their child is not

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      SPEAKER [continued]: being singled out.They don't want their child to feel different or weird,but at the same time, they want their childgetting the services that they needin a way that is best for them without making thembe the target of their friends and all that.So I feel like it's a fine line that you're trying to walk.But again, communication during any

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      SPEAKER [continued]: of these types of things with parentsis so vital because they want to see evidencethat you're meeting their child's needs.So portfolios are a wonderful toolwhen you're working with special ed studentsbecause then you can show parents evidence of how they'redoing and ways that you're meeting their needsand how you're reteaching or you're reassessing

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      SPEAKER [continued]: or you're using internet games and not just paper and pencilstuff, or whatever needs to be done for their child.Talk to them about how you use small groupsettings or one-on-one individual instructionif that's what needs to be done.But parents just want to know that you'regoing above and beyond.You need to go above and beyond for every student,

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      SPEAKER [continued]: but they want to see that you're going above and beyond whentheir child has special needs because there's obviouslya reason that they have them and theyneed to have that extra attention.So just make yourself available for them.

Children with disabilities; Meeting parents' concerns

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Communication between parents and educators of special needs children is vital. Portfolios can provide parents evidence of how their child is doing, how the teacher is meeting the child’s needs and the assessment/academic tools being used.

Children with disabilities; Meeting parents' concerns

Communication between parents and educators of special needs children is vital. Portfolios can provide parents evidence of how their child is doing, how the teacher is meeting the child’s needs and the assessment/academic tools being used.

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