Parent Coaching: Supporting Caregivers of a Child with a Disability

Date of Award

Summer 7-31-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Marci Glessner


ECSE, parent coaching


Working with caregivers is a natural part of the role as an educator. This project focused on the youngest learners with developmental disabilities and how interventionists can work with and support these families to empower parents* and build upon the skills they already have and assist the development of their children. Caregivers are also the best and first teacher for their child and are able to provide intervention more often than service providers, often on a daily basis. This project is important to assist with setting caregivers up for success with skills and providing avenues to acquiring new techniques.

According to Al-Oran & Al Sagarat (2016), caregivers of all kinds undergo an extreme amount of stress and worry about the young people in their care, but especially when a child has a disability as they are often left feeling unsure about the correct approach or philosophy that will best support the child. As a school community, part of our role is to provide caregivers with resources they may search for or need.

The best way to facilitate the use of these resources is through hands-on and real-time learning experiences in the form of parent coaching (Kemp & Turnbull (2014); Oono, Honey & McConachie (2013), . This webpage was created to be used as a resource and guide to coaching that includes definitions, videos and resources that are supported by the Division for Early Childhood recommended practices and evidence-based instructional practices that will support caregivers of children with disabilities. Across the top of this page you will find headers for other pages/topics for coaching tools

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