Working with families of children with special needs: Partnership and practice

Author(s) : Naomi Dale

Working with families of children with special needs: Partnership and practice

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The importance of a partnership between professionals and the parents of children with special needs is now well established in legislation and professional circles. However there has been an acknowledged failure to translate this into widespread practice. From her own experience Naomi Dale recognises that there will always be areas of conflict between professionals and family members and provides a conceptual framework that incorporates dissent as well as cooperation to give a more realistic basis for practice. Working with Families of Children with Special Needs uses case studies to elaborate on important issues in family work such as: delivering diagnosis; negotiating partnerships and handling disagreements; sharing control of record keeping; and interprofessional communication. Various theories are described to help the reader reach a greater understanding of these issues including the stress/coping model. Her detailed account also gives a wide systems analysis of the British situation highlighting the impact of recent legislation and changes in the structure and process of the professional's team and organisation. The book successfully makes a link between theory, research and practice to provide a wealth of useful ideas and methods for engaging in partnerships with parents and family members. The exercises at the end of each chapter will prove especially useful for multidisciplinary professionals and those in training.

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List of figures and tables. Preface. Acknowledgements. Conceptual frameworks for partnership work. Beginnings. The paren'ts perspective. Communicating and negotiating. Frameworks for understanding the family. Working with the whole family. Assessment of family needs. Participating in developmental services. Information and control. The KIDS Family Centre: a model of service delivery. Legislation and partnership. Organisational issues. Looking back, looking forwards. Bibliography. Name Index. Subject index.

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