Current research indicates that parents
experience a wide variety of intense and conflicting emotions
when endeavoring to deal with children who learn differently.
Educators and parents should work together on these issues with
a spirit of sensitivity, cooperation, and common sense of purpose.
In order to create such an environment, parents, educators, and
other professionals must gain an understanding of and sensitivity
toward each other's life experiences. This understanding is crucial
in order to communicate effectively to better understand and
help a child who struggles in school. This workshop is designed
for parents and professionals. Among the topics to be discussed
- Parental Acceptance of learning problems
- Effective communication strategies with
- Conducting meaningful and productive parent/teacher
- Uses and abuses of competition in the
- Initiation of a "work ethic"
in the classroom
- The doctrine of Fairness
- Learning as a quantum experience
- Dealing with conflict
- Teaching the "hidden curriculum"
of social skills
- Multidisciplinary vs. transdisciplinary
approaches to the team meeting
- The learner will be exposed to the Westhead/Smith
studies related to parental reaction to the LD diagnosis.
- The learner will understand several techniques
to improve home/school communication.
- The learner will understand the impact
of Learning Disabilities on siblings and the extended family.