Collaboration, Families and Case Management

Collaboration amongst those who provide services for students with complex learning and behavior challenges is the heart of this service delivery. While the teacher is at the forefront of implementing educational plans, other support services personnel, e.g. physical/occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, school psychologists, social workers, behavior specialists and others, are often contributors to the student’s intervention plan. This course focuses specifically on collaboration between a teacher and the families (s)he serves and collaboration among the various professionals who are collectively responsible for the educational well-being of the student. A teacher must be a case manager and effectively collaborate with support services providers and families to successfully plan, implement and evaluate an educational plan for these students. The course explores strategies that enable teachers to more sensitively communicate with families in ways that foster collaboration and empowerment. Potential interventions for family support are also reviewed.