Parent Resources

Workshop Series 5 of 5

Presenters:

Heather Briles, Larry Thompson and Amanda Wakely (Team B)

Topic Agenda

  • District resources (Greenville County Schools)
  • Community resources (City of Greenville)
  • County resources (Greenville County)
  • State resources (South Carolina)
  • How resources can help parents of exceptional students
  • Homework help or tips for exceptional students

District Resources:

Greenville County School's website offers many valuable resources for families of students with disabilities like a directory of important numbers, school counseling services, and definitions for various special education classifications. Some of the other resources include links to:

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Community Resources:

Greenville has various activities and services for those with special needs. Some activities that might interest you are as follows:


  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Clarity
  • Dog Therapy
  • The Meyer Center for Special Children, Hidden Treasure Christian School
  • Sensory Storytime at the Hughes Library

  • Sports teams
  • YMCA (RECESS, after school care, homework buddies, etc.)

County Resources:

Here is a list of some of the services offered to families of children with special needs in Greenville County:


  • Center for Developmental Services
  • Camp Spearhead and County Rec
  • Greenville Active Day
  • Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board
  • Hope Academy
  • Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center
  • Mauldin Miracle League
  • Piedmont Skills
  • Project HOPE Foundation
  • Respite Care
  • United Way

State Resources:

The state of South Carolina offers many resources for people with special needs. Some of these resources are as follows:

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How resources can help parents of exceptional students:

As we all know, every parent hopes for their child to be smart and to do well in school and beyond. It’s a challenging task to keep students interested and engaged in the educational process, especially with exceptional students. Parents of exceptional students should know that they’re not alone and that there are hundreds or resources on the Web that can help them every step of the way. These many resources offer great advice, information, and support to help them support and encourage their children’s special abilities. The available resources can also aid parents by:

  • Providing reading materials and advice on raising an exceptional child
  • Link parents with other parents of exceptional children to help mentor and assist with potential challenges.
  • Give resources where parents can find helpful information and learn about seminars and workshops they can attend.
  • Provide insight to teach parents to better understand, accept, and nurture the emotional needs of an exceptional child.
  • These resources give parents insight and opportunities to help further the cause of exceptional children by giving information about giving and volunteering at various centers or programs for exceptional needs children.
  • Provides information about the latest research being done into academic acceleration for the advancement of special needs students.
  • Providing parents and families with countless services offered for their child, like assistive technology and equipment, therapeutic activities, after-school programs and more.

Homework help or tips for exceptional students:

Homework provides additional learning tome for students and can strengthen study and organizational habits. Exceptional students may need instructional homework accommodations. Here are a few strategies for parents and teachers that can help exceptional students with homework responsibilities:

  • Give clear and concise directions and assignments
  • Make homework accommodations and modifications (assistive technology, one-on-one assistance, peer tutor, duplicate notes, additional time, modified assignment)
  • Teach study skills and promote great habits
  • Use a homework calendar
  • Ensure clear home/school communication
  • Designate a study time and area
  • Motivate with praise
  • Assignments as games
  • Parents collaborate with teachers