Learning Goal: I’m working on a writing discussion question and need an explanat

Learning Goal: I’m working on a writing discussion question and need an explanation to help me learn.The purpose of this discussion is to share ideas and plan to implement strategies for effective collaboration with families, paraprofessionals, and other professionals. You will identify: (1) a specific strategy, (2) discuss with whom it might be used, (3) discuss potential barriers for implementation, and (4) list steps to plan for implementation of the strategy, including overcoming identified barriers. I have attached 2 discussion boards and the article that was used.1. Good morning everyone, Integrated Therapy approach which compliments the Transdiciplinary Approach(Rainforth & York-Barry, 1997) as mentioned in Chapter 3 of our reading. I chose this as I find it is the most effective way of implementing and improving each students skill levels because, as it states in the chapter so eloquently, it integrates therapies by using “natural opportunities for the student to exercise skills necessary to develop areas of concern.” I do this each and every day.This strategy is used to collaborate with the speech therapist to get a complete understanding of how and what ways they are implementing speech therapy goals and solicit strategies from the SLP therapist to carry out the therapy in as many settings in the school settings where it is appropriate. Likewise, I do this for the OT, PT and Music Therapist. Carefully observing, taking notes and even having the therapist participate in class instruction or lab opportunities and field trips when time permits on their end. The integrated therapy approach mentioned in Chapter 3 of our readings has proven the most effective over my 30 year career. below I continue to elaborate on exactly what the communication involves as well as the barriers one might experience utilizing this approach. Some barriers that are experienced have to do with the following: 1. Adequate time to meet with the various therapist and suitable locations to meet 2. Conflicts may arise between specialists and the special education teacher/case manager 3. Schedules of all the therapists are difficult to meet for each and every student on the caseloads.All of these barriers were listed in Table 3-3 of Chapter 3 in our reading this week. My plan of action to implement the Integrated Therapy Approach: 1. First of all, all individuals on one’s caseload should be placed in a spreadsheet which lists all therapies, dates of IEPs.re-evaluation dates, and planned IEP dates. 2. All re-evaluations, IEP meetings, and therapy evaluations should be on one shared calendar and planned for the year with edits made at least a month in advance. 3. Therapists are very busy and should have close communication with the case manager/special ed teacher on a weekly basis. 4. Have therapist provide a debrief to you as the special ed teacher so you may carry over the therapy in the natural school settings throughout the day. If at all possible have paraprofessionals available for direct instruction from the therapists as well. Collaborate and arrange times for therapist to conduct scheduled therapy sessions in the natural settings as stated in Chapter 3 of our readings 5. Utilize administration to ensure that adequate time is allowed for meeting to be built in to each team members schedules. 6. As far as when or if conflicts that arise among special ed teachers and therapist, the team can utilize a mediator like a counselor to assist in resolving any issues with personalities, differences of opinions, etc. Overall, chapter 3 of our readings provided a variety of strategies to utilize. I found the Integrated therapy approach to be most effective as it allows students to practice skill sets taught to them by the various therapist in natural settings throughout the school day. Even collaboration with the families to teach and implement the different skill sets worked on with these therapist can then be sent home or have the special ed teacher teach the family/caregivers in the home setting to practice the skills at home as well. All are very good practice which will ultimately lead to increased efficiency of the skill set for the individual. 2. Hello Everyone,I’m going to discuss the importance of collaboration with families. This is one of many parts to an effective team approach in ensuring student success regardless of their age, gender, background, disability, academic level, etc. “If true team functioning is to work, it will take commitment and practice”. (Pugach & Johnson, 2002). A huge part of the team are families whose involvement is imperative to the successful functioning of the student in and out of the school environment. Six key components that support effective collaboration between the school and home environment are (Blue-Banning, Summers, Frankland, Nelson, & Beagle, 2004): Positive, understandable, and respectful communication
Commitment to the child and family
Equal power in decision making and service implementation
Competence with decision making and service implementation
Mutual trust
Mutual respect
A specific strategy that I am going to focus on is positive, understandable, respectful communication (Blue-Banning, Summers, Frankland, Nelson, & Beagle, 2004)/effective communication strategies (Dr. Demchak & Dr. Sutter).
This approach will be used with primary family members/caregivers with who the student lives or spends his/her majority of the time, who has the legal abilities to make decisions, and who is/are the primary contact(s) for the student.
3. Potential barriers that may impede effective communication are cultural misunderstandings, negative assumptions (Defur, Todd-Allen, & Getzel, 2001), communication style differences (Westling & Fox, 2009), and families who have unmet needs (Kennedy & Horn, 2004). Lack of technology can also be a huge barrier in regard to communication with parents. When a student is living in two different homes due to divorce, in foster care, in an assisted living environment, etc, can make it difficult to keep up with effective collaboration; in this case, it’s imperative to keep a communication journal. Also, a lack of phone/internet service limits and/or takes away the immediate availability to communicate with parent(s)/caregiver(s). 4. Steps to plan for implementation of being positive, understandable, respectful, to ensure effective collaboration with parents:Start conversations about students’ positive abilities, achievements, capabilities, things that you enjoy about the student. Assets over deficits. (Amatea, Smith-Adcock, & Villares, 2006)
Have a compassionate approach that can help alleviate stress, sadness, and frustration. (Gould, Tarbox, & Coyne, 2017)
Respect the parent(s)/caregiver(s) time in regards to phone calls and meetings.
Make positive communication calls, emails, and letters to parents about their child’s advancements without discussing negative behaviors. (I’m not saying do not communicate negative behaviors, but take the time for positive calls.)
Paraphrasing, summarizing, clarifying, careful wording and jargon/use of acronyms (Dr. Demchak & Dr. Sutter)
Document all parent communication for behaviors, IEPs, BIPs, Administration, etc.
Overcoming barriers may take research and time prior to communicating with parent(s)/caregiver(s). Cultural barriers are common, as we live in a diverse country. Ease of communication may take time, as we are all different, however, be conscious and respectful when speaking and communicating with parents. Use appropriate body language, tone, voice level, appropriate eye contact, if you’re a naturally fast talker, slow down, and don’t assume anything, as this can lead to negative assumptions for both parties, limit jargon, as overuse may lead to sounding off-putting or abrasive to the parent (Critchfield et al., 2017). Communication style differences are important and this can also be linked with body language, tone, voice level, eye contact, talking speed, use of hands while talking, etc. The environment in which the student lives may play a huge part in effective collaboration, as the student may live in two different homes due to divorce, he/she may live in foster care or an assisted living home. In these cases, it’s imperative to keep a communication journal to keep track of who, time, date, and intent of discussion is documented. Lack of technology can play a huge part in effective collaboration with parents. Use of a daily notebook that is sent between home and school is a great way to communicate if the parent(s)/caregiver(s) are not able to accept phone calls and/or respond to emails, or just for everyday communication which helps build rapport between the parent(s) and educator(s).
Requirements: 2 paragraphs for each discussion

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