The Handbook of Parenting brings together in a single volume much of the theoretical and empirical knowledge and aspects of professional activity within the broadly defined field of parenting. Contributions are presented from an internationally renowned group of scholars known for their work in a range of disciplines, including child and family psychology, education and family studies, providing an accessible map of the major debates in theory, research and practice in this important and exciting field. The material is presented comprehensively. It encompasses essential policy and professional issues in all the main areas of current concern from parenting in culturally divergent settings, to parenting children with special needs in areas of physical, mental, social and educational functioning, to looking at ways in which the wider community and technological advances may be able to provide parenting support. Published in a single-volume format, this handbook will prove an invaluable and essential resource. Academics, researchers, practitioners and advanced students in a host of disciplines will gain from its breadth, wealth of information and enormous insight into the principal issues related to parenting theory and practice in the 21st century. The distinctive contribution of this handbook is to present a vast body of research and other information in a manner that is usable by practitioners in a wide range of child and parental support activities.
Chapter 14: Parenting Exceptional Children
Parenting Exceptional Children
There are in all societies, large numbers of parents and children with intellectual disability. They are a source of concern, for complex reasons. The more developed the society, the greater this concern, related to policies and procedures for supporting them. Because of their wide-ranging vulnerability, these policies present as a good litmus test of society's concern with parenting.
This chapter addresses, in some detail, the major issues in parenting and intellectual disability, historical background and landmark events that have shaped policy and practice. Consideration will be given to how the children fare, variations across cultures, current understanding, parental practices, an evaluation of support schemes and implications for practice.
Parents who have an Intellectual Disability (ID)
Historically, the right and competence of intellectually disabled ...