Increasing Parental Involvement for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Disabilities By Nicole Paez

Introduction

This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series was written by Nicole Paez, a graduate student at Florida International University.  Her literature review focused on the probable causes for a lack of parental involvement for students with ASD and other learning disabilities within the special education system, and how to address the issue. Research shows parents are typically poorly informed on the services their child may be eligible to receive, feel confronted by technical jargon and unfamiliar terms, and face numerous unfair procedural safeguards. These factors plus overall dissatisfaction with the schools and educational system have contributed to the low numbers of parental involvement for students with ASD and other learning disabilities. Schools must make efforts to address these issues by encouraging parents to share concerns and respond proactively, share outside resources and information, and clearly explain processes such as the IEP, and available services.

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