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Conducting Effective Conferences With Parents Of Children With Disabilities: A Guide for Teachers. (Professional Books).

CONDUCTING EFFECTIVE CONFERENCES WITH PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES: A Guide for Teachers. M. Seligman. New York: The Guilford Press, 2000. 303 pp. $25.00. Martin Seligman, a University of Pittsburgh professor, is the father of an adult child with special needs. For teachers who feel unprepared for meeting with the parents of their students with special needs, or for those who would like a refresher course in understanding and communicating with these families, this book has much to offer.

Conducting Effective Conferences is well organized. It includes discussions of several theories concerning family dynamics and reactions to childhood disability. Various strategies are offered for working with parents of children with disabilities, including many sample dialogues and role-playing ideas. One chapter focuses on working with what some might term challenging parents--those who are overprotective or combative. Although I have not found such parents to be in the majority, Seligman's brief discussions are nevertheless useful. All the same, I wish that Seligman had addressed other behaviors that families find challenging, such as drug / alcohol abuse and mental retardation.

The book's role-playing exercises make it an ideal resource for anyone who works with families with children with special needs, including teachers, specialists, and administrators. Reviewed by Maria Landis, Quincy Public Schools inclusive preschool teacher, Somerville, MA
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Author:Landis, Marla
Publication:Childhood Education
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Date:Dec 22, 2001
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