Parents of special education students are typically very involved with their children's' teachers. Special demands from physical and emotional disabilities require not only close involvement, but federal mandates require parents to be involved in frequent IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meetings with teachers and administrators. Jean Cheng Gorman applies her experiences as a primary classroom teacher and a licensed psychologist to fill the gap in dealing with parents of students with special needs. This book is grounded in both research and real life experiences, and will provide resources and tools for educators to address confrontations with challenging parents of students with special needs. The principles and techniques presented throughout Working with Challenging Parents of Students with Special Needs are applicable across all grade levels and intend to address working with challenging parents of students with special needs less frustrating and ultimately more gratifying.
Jean Cheng Gorman, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist and the author of Emotional Disorders and Learning Disabilities in the Elementary Classroom: Interactions and Interventions (2001, Corwin Press). After teaching in urban and suburban elementary schools, Jean obtained her doctorate in Child and School Psychology at New York University. Her interests in collaborating with parents has included research on Chinese methods of parenting as well as culturally-sensitive parenting programs. Other professional interests include working with children who are medically-fragile and enhancing parent-child relationships in infancy and early childhood. Jean currently lives with her husband and two children in Northern California.