Consultation & Collaboration

Learning Team D

Advantages and disadvantages of consultation and collaboration in the classroom


1. Large caseload to manage

2. Inadequate support and cooperation from classroom teachers

3. Inadequate time to plan, effectively teach, and communicate to target students

(Bos & Vaughn, 2006)

Building Respect and Rapport

  • Learn as much as you can about your student's backgrounds. Learn things about them informally or in fun ways!
  • Do not talk down to parents or students, treat them how you would like to be treated.
  • Remember that parents are experts on their child.
  • Respect the students families values and different cultures.
  • Demonstrate respect for diverse languages.
  • Accept the family and the student as they are.

(Bos & Vaughn, 2006)

How can parents and nonprofessional staff members contribute to student success?

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Activities that promote career and vocational awareness

Healthcare Needs

The most significant collaboration necessary for students with healthcare needs may be between parents, the educational system, and the health and social services system. In order to accomplish this collaboration, parents need to be recognized as the primary persons responsible for the development of their child, and as such, are key players in developing communication and collaborative partnerships to assist students with exceptional learning needs. With the student playing an active role in his/her development, the parents and the service agencies provide an adapted response to the student's special needs, and develop a continuum of integrated services (S. Tétreault et al. 2013).

The Paraprofessional's Role

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Transition to another setting

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Bos, C., & Vaughn, S. (2006). Strategies for teaching students with learning and behavior problems (6th ed.). : Pearson Education, Inc..

S. Tétreault, A. Freeman, M. Carrière, P. Beaupré, H. Gascon and P. Marier Deschênes (2013) Understanding the parents of children with special needs: collaboration between health, social and education networks. Child: care, health and development, 40, 6, 825–832