for your interest in the Parent Consultant Directory!
of all, let me explain that the Parent Consultant
Directory is a state-wide directory of families
who are interested in acting as “consultants”—experts
who give advice—to pre-professionals (university/college
students) and professionals (e.g. therapists, medical
personnel, teachers, service coordinators, child
care professionals) on topics related to children
with special needs.
you may know, families like yours can play a critical
role in the education of professionals who will
serve children with special needs and their families.
Professionals will, undoubtedly, understand and
work with families better if the “family perspective”
is included as a component of their pre-professional
and on-going professional training. This is where
you come in.
directory will include a family’s brief explanation
of their child’s special needs and family
contact information. Faculty interested in bringing
a parent perspective to their class may contact
you to invite you to speak or a training coordinator
might contact you so you can share your experiences
with current professionals. You may be asked to
speak to a small group of professionals, a class
of college students, present on a panel or mentor
students. A small presenter’s fee may be available
for some presentations. Materials will be made available
to help you plan for your presentation format. We
know you live busy lives so you would be under no
obligation at any time to accept an invitation.
a parent of a child with special needs myself, I
have traveled the bumpy road of medical and educational
intervention services—one that only parents
of children with special needs know. This is an
opportunity to use our experiences to educate professionals
with a family perspective. I hope you will consider
currently have a 2004 Edition of the Parent Consultant
Directory distributed statewide on CD-ROM but we
are interested in gathering more family names in
our database for future Directory distributions.
If you are interested in getting involved, we need
to receive hard copies of the following:
you have any questions please feel free to contact
me at the Waisman Center at 608-263-5947.
Early Intervention Family Facilitator and Trainer