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Barry M. Prizant

The need for better collaboration with parents has been recognized for years, yet SPED administrators have had little guidance on how to develop successful family-professional partnerships. Parents often report being more challenged by insensitive professionals and confusing systems of services than by their child’s disability, but the focus of special education has been implementing therapies and measuring progress. Lack of full engagement with parents creates excessive time demands on special educators and sometimes leads to lawsuits.

Join a nationwide audience of special education leaders to learn the best approaches for collaborating with families in order to achieve better results from SPED services. We’ll provide practical tips for implementing family-centered principles, building trust with parents by listening and communicating more effectively, and by providing innovative supports. And, we’ll take your questions about this important topic. What you’ll learn from this webinar will make a real difference in the life of many families and spark higher productivity for your SPED staff.

Presenter: Dr. Barry Prizant PhD, CCC-SLP

Learning Outcomes
After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the key elements of a family-centered SPED program.
  • State 3 challenges faced by families of students with neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and ADD/ADHD.
  • List 3 things parents want and need from school Special Education staff and administrators.

Time-ordered Agenda* (*All times Eastern time)

  • 1:00-1:05 Welcome, context and why this topic is important
  • 1:05-1:20 Introduction to “Family Centered Practice” and its relevance for special education professionals
  • 1:20-1:40 Understanding challenges, stresses, and concerns for parents/families of children with special needs
  • 1:40-1:50 Recognizing how challenges facing special education staff can be obstacles to better family collaboration and establishing trust
  • 1:50-2:25 Essential elements of a family centered practice: how to improve communications and establish trust between parents and families and special education staff
  • 2:25-2:58 Audience questions and answers
  • 2:58-3:00 Wrap up
Family Collaboration:
An Essential Element for SPED Success

Financial Disclosure:
Dr. Prizant receives an honorarium for this webinar from PresenceLearning. Dr. Prizant is the co-author and receives royalties from Brookes Publishing, Inc. for sales of "The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders.”
Non-Financial Disclosure: 
Dr. Prizant is an Editorial consultant for five professional journals for which he receives no financial compensation.