This practical book guides teachers and other school personnel in working with parents as a team to design, review, and modify individual education plans (IEPs) for children with special needs. The goal is for parents and school personnel to work collaboratively and to achieve decision-making by consensus. This way IEPs can best serve the children for whom they are designed. The book details how to hold an ideal IEP meeting, and it explains how to prevent and resolve the conflicts that often arise. The author provides practical techniques for meeting management, conflict prevention, and conflict resolution. The book also contains 25 well researched ""intervention options,"" and checklists and outlines of how people can communicate better.
Nicholas R.M. Martin is a conflict resolution consultant who lives near Fort Worth, Texas, with this wife, Kathleen, and daughter, Miya. Nick is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Hartford, and his educationsl background is in clinical psychology. After many years as a juvenile court psychologist, mental health counselor, and dispute mediator, he has come to focus increasingly on team building and conflict prevention. A considerable part of his more recent work has involved skills-based training for those working in special education. Nick has been authorized to mediate for several court jurisdictions and serves as a contract mediator for the U.S. Postal Service. He has been providing highly acclaimed and practically oriented training for more than 25 years. He has also taught dispute resolution at the graduate level. Nick is the author of An Operator's Manual for Successful Living (DeVorss, 1988) and Strengthening Relationships When Our Children Have Special Needs (Future Horizons, 2004). He has also published numerous newspaper and journal articles, some of which can be found at his website, www.4accord.com.
Part I: Effective Meeting Management; What the Critics are Saying; A Threefold Vision of the IEP Team; The Ideal Team Member; The Ideal Team Meeting; Agendas and Stage Setting; Introductions and Ground Rules; Collaboration and Consensus; Principled Negotiation; Applying Principled Negotiation; Conducting the Meeting; Part II: The Emotional Side of Living; Universal Time Lines; Behavior Trains; Keys to Effective Communication; Anger as a Secondary Emotion; The Grief Process; Showing Support of Feelings; Diplomacy in the IEP Environment; Part III: The Triad of Conflict Resolution; The Search for Serenity; The Courage to Make Changes; The Wisdom to Know; Part IV: Where We Go From Here; System Suggestions; Measuring Our Success; Action Plans; The Graduate Course