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Building A Family Support Network

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  1. Building A Family SupportNetwork March 4, 2005 Cheri Dowling Maryann Swann

  2. Partners For SuccessStatewide Outreach CenterFor Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children Parents and Educators Working Together to Support Families

  3. Partnerships • Parent • Educator • Maryland School for the Deaf • Maryland State Department of Education

  4. Who Are We? Maryann Swann Education Coordinator

  5. Who Are We? Cheri Dowling Parent Coordinator

  6. WHAT DO WE DO? • Manage Office • Public Relations • Resource Information System • Workshops • Provide Parent to Parent Support

  7. Manage Office • Newsletter • Maintain Library • Respond to Parent requests • Correspondence • Staffing of Office

  8. Public Relations • Committee members • Speaking engagements • Community Fairs

  9. Resources • Information • Information • Information

  10. Workshops • Understanding Special Education • IEP Process • Transition from IFSP to IEP • Procedural Safeguards and Parent Rights • Recordkeeping • Problem Solving • Signing to Children • Transition from IEP to Adulthood

  11. Parent to Parent Network

  12. What is the Parent to Parent Network? • Connects families • Provides a safe place for parents to meet and talk • Supports the idea that all families have the right to come to their own decision regarding communication options and other relevant decisions.

  13. Parent to Parent Resources • The Parent to Parent Handbook. Connecting Families of Children with Special Needs. By: Betsy Santelli, Florene Stewart poyadue, and Jane Leora Young • Parent to Parent Video By: Child Development Media, Inc. 5632 Van Nuys Blvd, Suite 286, Van Nuys, CA 91401, (818) 994-0933, Fax (818) 994-0153

  14. Parent to Parent Organizations • Partners for Success • Beach Center on Families and Disabilities • Family Net Works • The Arc of Montgomery County, MD • New Jersey Statewide Parent to Parent • Parent to Parent of PA • Parent to Parent of Virginia • Common Bonds of West Virginia

  15. Putting The Pieces Together • Manage Network • Network Trainers • Family Matching • Follow Up With Support

  16. Mentor Family • They will listen and support families • They are not experts • Provide support through understanding and shared experiences • Friendships • Training

  17. Characteristics of a Mentor Family • Parent of a child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing • Genuine desire to assist another family • Empathetic • Non-judgmental • Positive energy • Hopeful outlook

  18. Requesting Family • Parent of a child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing • Feeling connected • One to one matches • Friendship • Support

  19. Forms

  20. Family Mentor Training

  21. Listening Skills • Reflective Listening • Active Listening • Effective Listening

  22. Responses • Appropriate • Inappropriate

  23. Four Stages of Adaptation • Surviving • Searching • Settling In • Separating

  24. Game Time

  25. Confidentiality

  26. How To Contact Us Cheri Dowling Maryann Swann Partners for Success PO Box 894 Columbia, MD 21044 (410) 480-4597(v/tty) (410) 480-4598 (fax) Partners@msd.edu CAD800@aol.com