March 30, 2012

New Book: Parents and Professionals Partnering for Children with Disabilities: A Dance that Matters

Parents and Professionals
Partnering for Children
with Disabilities

A Dance That Matters
Janice M. Fialka, Arlene K. Feldman, Karen C. Mikus
Forward by Ann P. Turnbull
Revised Edition

Written from both the parent's and the professional's points of view, this book draws upon the metaphor of dance to highlight the essential partnerships that must be created among teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents of children with disabilities. Rich with humor and heart, the book offers helpful steps for self reflection, personnel preparation, and parent-professional training. Key features include:

  • Practical insights and evidence-based approaches to forming partnerships
  • Easy-to-read, non-technical language that speaks both to the heart and the mind
  • Sample letters, conversations, and other forms of communication between professionals and parents
  • Effective ways to handle difficult situations

"Using understandable, jargon-free language, the authors help professionals and parents understand each others' viewpoints. The text also provides practical tips and suggestions about how to work together collaboratively. I highly recommend this book for novice and veteran parents and professionals."

-Stephanie Smith Lee, Former Director,
Office of Special Education Programs, U. S. Department of Education

"This book accomplishes two impressive feats. First, it conveys through information and examples, research-based practices for building family - professional partnerships. Second, the clear, storytelling style of writing makes it impossible to put down. This is a must for anyone whose responsibilities involve working with families of children with disabilities."

-Pamela J. Winton, Senior Scientist,
FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC


To learn more about the book and references, to order the book,
or for more resources and updates of their activities:
Click here for Corwin Books website
Visit Janice's website:
and her son, Micah's:


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