Issue #33 - "How To" Series
NASET'sHow To Series consists of short special education guides that provide quick answers to many of the questions special educators need to know. These step by step guides, informational guides, factual guides, all provide immediate direction in solving everyday issues faced in the field. The NASET “HOW TO” Series is provided to answer difficult issues in a clear, concise and easily available manner.
Evaluating Residential Programs
There is no substitute for firsthand observation. When you and the parents have organized your list of potential residential programs, the parents (and you, if possible) should make appointments to visit each one. Do not hesitate to ask the following questions:
- What are the entry requirements?
- How many people live at the particular residence?
- Is there a waiting list?
- How long is the waiting list?
- What is the staffing pattern?
- What other services are provided at this residence?
- What are the expectations for activities outside the residence?
- Can the resident go to a day program?
- Can the resident have a part-time or weekend job?
- What will the costs be for the specific services provided by this residence?
- How is the personal money of the resident monitored?
- Are family visits encouraged?
- What kinds of household chores will the resident be responsible for?
- Are leisure activities part of the resident's program?
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How To Tell is a Family Could Benefit from Respite Care
If parents are considering respite care they need to ask themselves the following questions:
1. Is finding temporary care for the child a problem?
2. Is it important that the parents enjoy an evening alone together, or with friends, without the children?
3. If they had appropriate care for their child with special needs, would they use the time for a special activity with their other children?
4. Do they think that they would be a better parent if they had a break now and then?
5. Are they concerned that in the event of a family emergency there is no one with whom they would feel secure about leaving their child?
6. Would they feel comfortable going to a trained and reputable respite provider to arrange for care for their child?
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