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ISBN-10 013707056XISBN-13 9780137070565
ISBN-10 0137070489ISBN-13 9780137070480
Author(s): Ann Turnbull; Rud Turnbull; Elizabeth J. Erwin; Leslie C. Soodak; Karrie A. Shogren
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2011 Pages: 336

Written for courses in Families and Special Education, Collaboration and Special Education, and any course that prepares special and general educators and related service providers to form successful partnerships with families of children with disabilities.

Written by the best-known authors in the field of family and professional collaboration, this practical text instructs teachers and families on how to empower, collaborate, and advocate for children with special needs. Families, Professionals, and Exceptionality, Sixth Edition continues its tradition of discussing how members of families and professionals in special and general education and related services personnel can form lasting partnerships.  Strong in its depiction of family systems theory (Part I), the history and current status of policy (Part II), and the principles of partnership and their application by teachers and other professionals (Part III), the text also offers a plethora of practical advice for educators and true ways to apply these principles on the job.

Backed by the most recent research and evidence-based practices for creating partnerships between educators and the families they serve who have children with disabilities, the authors have brought all citations and references in this edition up to date (2009).  Other new changes to the sixth edition are: the addition of two new families, including a Marine Corps family, and a single-parent family; more coverage of secondary students, and an overall broader range of disabilities; more on cultural diversity and families from different ethnic backgrounds; and the text now portrays a family’s entire lifespan. The inclusion of these authentic stories and genuine depictions of how families and education professionals partner together for the education of special needs children, the challenges they’ve faced along the way, the solutions and ways they overcame these obstacles, and the results they obtained, comes alive through the narrative, adds a unique and touching human element.