Hope & Dreams:Samantha 's father wants the very best for her and wants to see her go far in life. He wants her to continue to develop new skills and move forward, never backwards.
Concerns:He wants her to be in a place that she can be challenged, able to learn and progress that is comfortable for her.
2. Question: What specific things did you learn about that programs do to support families in realizing their hopes and dreams and in addressing the concerns family members have for their child?
Answer: One of the biggest things that I saw that the programs due to support the children that have special needs is they really take the time to get to know the family and the children that are involved with the program. The teachers as well as members of the program that helps children with needs will spend time with the child and parents individually to help understand how the child feels and expectations for the parents.
An example given in the video was when they spoke to having different teachers to come in and work individually with the children whether this in on their fine motor skills or language.
3. Question: From the video, what specific kinds of supports and teaming did you observe in the classroom that ensured Samantha’s participation?
Answer: The focus on what Samantha was doing has helped to continue with her participation. They ensured that all of what she was doing was focused around a single focal point so that they could make sure they are doing all they can to help her. They encouraged all the children to interact together and had group activities, as well as allowing Samatha time to work with anot...
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...m her always smiling and her positive interactions with the teachers and the other children (her friends).
6. Question: In the video: "Embrace Possibilities", share two things that you learned about communicating and working with a family who has a child with a disability and "why" they are valuable to you.
Answer: Two things that I have learned about communicating and working with families is that it is okay to not know everything. You don 't have to be the all knowledgeable person that simply understand everything. Some things that you are doing can be learned still.
The other thing that I learned is that you don 't have to treat anyone special. People are people and they deserve to be treated as such. You do everything in your power to make that person happy and that is the extent of the journey you have to take. No special treatments, just fairness.
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