Family

Benefits for the Parents

  • Parents increase their interaction and discussion with their children and are more responsive and sensitive to their children's social, emotional, and intellectual developmental needs.
  • Parents are more confident in their parenting and decision-making skills.
  • As parents gain more knowledge of child development, there is more use of affection and positive reinforcement and less punishment on their children.
  • Parents have a better understanding of the teacher's job and school curriculum.
  • When parents are aware of what their children are learning, they are more likely to help when they are requested by teachers to become more involved in their children's learning activities at home.
  • Parents' perceptions of the school are improved and there are stronger ties and commitment to the school.
  • Parents are more aware of, and become more active regarding, policies that affect their children's education when parents are requested by school to be part of the decision-making team.

Resources for Parents of Students with a Disability

US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, http://idea.ed.gov/explore/home
ISBE Parents Guide - Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois, http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/html/parent_rights.htm
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