• Summary
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  • Subject index

KEY FEATURES: • This book has a particular emphasis on working with families across various schooling experiences from early intervention to post high school. • Case studies provide specific examples of children with disabilities and their families and questions for the reader to answer. • Learning Objectives and Chapter Summaries help reinforce key concepts throughout each chapter. • Additional Resources, such as links to readings, websites, and blogs, in each chapter provide students with materials and insights they can use in their classrooms and schools. • The book acts as a useful reference for professionals working with family members.

Defining the Family
1 Defining the family
Joseph F. MurphyTara S. Guerriero

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

—William Shakespeare (in Romeo and Juliet)

Learning Objectives

The purpose of this chapter is to better understand the complexities associated with family structures. After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Identify and define childhood living arrangements as they relate to the caretaker/parent structure.
  • Identify and define the different types of families and understand the complexities associated with defining a family.
  • Identify unique familial circumstances that may influence education.

What defines a family? The concept of the family is important when trying to better understand children and their educational needs. The circumstances surrounding families are complex, and the first ...

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