Lifelong Learning

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Lifelong Learning 12/08/2012 From the first day a child is born, parents are there to nurture their child, to support them as they grow and develop. There is a lot to learn about raising a child under normal circumstances, but when a child has special needs parents must learn this whole new language of medical and special education terms (Overton, 2005). Parents enter this new world where navigating for the best interest of their child is riddled with challenges and obstacles that they need to somehow overcome. This is especially true when parents are dealing with…show more content…
This often occurs because school personal are trying to respond both to the needs of the child and the needs of the school district (Trainor, 2010), which limits how much information they can freely disclose, creating an unequal divide that parents must work hard to overcome. This is not a very family-centered practice, and is one area that schools need to adapt to be more parent friendly. During IEP meetings, parents and school professionals must work together to ensure that a positive and supportive learning environment is accessible for the child. Sometimes factors like cultural and linguistic differences make establishing a collaborative relationship between families and school professionals difficult (Hess, Molina, & Kozleski, 2006). In order to successfully create this supportive environment for the child, everyone must be able to effectively communicate, expressing their self in a caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable manner. Children start off in the world knowing a limited amount of information. Parents and teachers both set out to teach them what they need to know in order for them to succeed in the world. If they both have similar goals to help children develop and nurture their understanding, why do parents and teachers find it so hard to communicate with each other. Open communication is vital to proper collaboration. Figuring out what is best
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