Resources for Parent Empowerment in Early Childhood Special Education

Date of Award

Fall 12-14-2023

Document Type

Project Abstract (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Keri DeSutter


Parent Empowerment, Parent Involvement, Family-Professional Partnerships (FPP), Early Childhood Special Education, Resources


This project focuses on parent empowerment in Early Childhood Special Education. A literature review was completed to understand critical aspects of parent empowerment and the barriers to parent empowerment. After considering the literature and to assist with fostering parent empowerment, a series of newsletters were created to address common challenges that parents often face. The newsletters focus on topics such as: the special education process, special education terms and acronyms, child development stages and tips for encouraging development at home. The intent of the newsletters is to support parent education in order to empower parents to gain the skills needed to become advocates for their child and assist their children in learning, developing, and gaining new skills with the end result leading to positive child and family outcomes.

For the purpose of this paper, the words ‘parents’ and ‘family’ will be used interchangeably to describe the legal guardians of the student.

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