Professional Development

Tips for Forging Great Partnerships with Parents ** – new!

Presented by Jean Blosser, CCC-SLP, Ed.D , ASHA Fellow (Creative Strategies for Special Education) (3 Hours)

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. As service providers we 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.

Unfortunately, we often find partnering with parents frustrating due to the presence of legal issues/advocates, time constraints, adversarial relationships, negative experiences, lack of resources and more. Language and cultural challenges and transportation issues may also be contributing factors.

This presentation will motivate SLPs, OTs, PTs, teachers and other IEP team members to take a fresh approach to establishing meaningful partnerships with parents. Challenges that occur when interacting with parents will be identified and discussed. Tips, tools, and strategies to establish positive, effective relationships will be provided.