Chapter 3 Families’ Perspectives and Involvement in Transition
Families and Change <ul><li>Changes or transition periods that can bring joy, sadness and/or stress. </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
Family as a System <ul><li>Family configuration and characteristics depends on… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture, education l...
Family as a System <ul><li>Functions Subsystems are activities that must be done on behalf of the family… </li></ul><ul><u...
Research Regarding Families in Transition <ul><li>Three main aspects of transition: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bureaucratic Tra...
Transition Challenges <ul><li>Challenges faced: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of thought given to child’s future </li></ul></...
Transition Challenges <ul><ul><li>-Lack of information about what he transition process entails. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
Cultural Differences and Families <ul><li>Refers to group identification due to race, ethnicity, religion, geographic loca...
Cultural Behavior Differences <ul><li>Behaviors that may be different in differing cultures include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
Cultural Behavior Differences <ul><ul><li>Perception of people in authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perception of the r...
Challenges to Family in Transition Planning <ul><li>Multiple challenges are faced when working toward the transition proce...
Involving Families in Transition Planning <ul><li>Build Trust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*#1 most important piece! </li></ul></...
Involving Families continued... <ul><li>Provide Support and Reassurance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*This is as easy as lending ...
Sources <ul><li>Steer, Daniel, E., Rose, Ernest, Cavaiuolo, Domenico, (2007).  Growing Up: Transition to Adult Life for St...
<ul><li>THE END </li></ul>
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  1. 1. Chapter 3 Families’ Perspectives and Involvement in Transition
  2. 2. Families and Change <ul><li>Changes or transition periods that can bring joy, sadness and/or stress. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Birth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adolescence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade to Grade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High School Graduation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… and beyond! </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Family as a System <ul><li>Family configuration and characteristics depends on… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture, education level, socioeconomic status, neighborhood… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interactions Subsystems depends on relationships within the family… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent-parent, parent-child, sibling-sibling, extended family interactions… </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Family as a System <ul><li>Functions Subsystems are activities that must be done on behalf of the family… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Making money, home maintenance, child care or emotional nurturing… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Life Cycle Transitions can effect all other subsystems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Birth of child, loss of a job, change in relationships and interactions… </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Research Regarding Families in Transition <ul><li>Three main aspects of transition: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bureaucratic Transition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Life Transition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child’s Status to Adult </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parents lacked knowledge about transition planning options. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>* It only makes sense that if the parents are prepared for what a transition process entails that they will be more positive in the visions that they have for their child. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Transition Challenges <ul><li>Challenges faced: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of thought given to child’s future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assumption that school system would continue providing support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear of the future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Knowledge of Adult Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conflicting aspirations of the parents and child </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assumption that professionals know best and should lead planning process. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Transition Challenges <ul><ul><li>-Lack of information about what he transition process entails. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expectations that are not challenging enough for the student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expectations that may not be attainable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of time and energy to devote to planning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A focus on daily concerns and not on long term future </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Cultural Differences and Families <ul><li>Refers to group identification due to race, ethnicity, religion, geographic location, income status, gender, sexual orientation, disability status and/or occupation. </li></ul><ul><li>All of these things can influence how planning takes place for a child with a disability. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cultural Behavior Differences <ul><li>Behaviors that may be different in differing cultures include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eye contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical proximity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal and non-verbal interaction styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfort with reading written materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Valuing of postsecondary education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfort with education professionals’ language, dress, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Cultural Behavior Differences <ul><ul><li>Perception of people in authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perception of the role family members play in the planning process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perception of what constitutes success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perception of what contributes to success in one’s community. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*It is key that educators attempt to understand each families’ perception of the transition process and its impact on the family unit. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Challenges to Family in Transition Planning <ul><li>Multiple challenges are faced when working toward the transition process. Challenges for families may include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule Changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes in Focus of Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who to Trust? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where is Celebration? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is best for our child and us? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Educators must remember that these will be the thoughts flowing through the families minds and be sensitive to this. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Involving Families in Transition Planning <ul><li>Build Trust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*#1 most important piece! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Heighten Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Ask Guided Questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*Thoughtful and guided questions can help to easier direct thoughts during meetings. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide Information </li></ul>
  13. 13. Involving Families continued... <ul><li>Provide Support and Reassurance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*This is as easy as lending an ear to giving the families resources to make daily living easier. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help Identify Family Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Connect to Sources of Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*Teacher can meet with parents to go over resources and supports for their child. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Sources <ul><li>Steer, Daniel, E., Rose, Ernest, Cavaiuolo, Domenico, (2007). Growing Up: Transition to Adult Life for Students with Disabilities. Chapter pp. 57 - 75 </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>THE END </li></ul>

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