– Developmental Disabilities Family Interview

Interview a family of a child with a developmental disability. DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A REAL FAMILY BUT MUST BE REALISTIC IF NOT. Ask the parent to describe life with a special needs child. Have the parent identify how the family has been able to access services authorized by public law for their child.  Include such items as:  age of onset, classification, therapies or related services, their story of diagnosis (cycle of denial), family dynamics, special expenses, care-giving arrangements, and any other issues they have dealt with specific to the child with special needs. Use the questions as a guide to complete the interview.  Your paper should be in paragraph form.
 Guidelines for Interview
Be sure to state the following information:  
Initials, gender, age and specific classification  of individual       Be sure to keep confidentiality  
Describe the classification and the related services the individual receives (address all provision oF IDEA)
Describe the challenges and difficulties which the person / or family has or had to overcome 
Describe the problems that emerged along the way regarding family relationships, education, social life, and occupational endeavors
Describe the strategies used by the person /or family to cope with challenges and stresses pertaining to the disability
Describe how peer, parents, professionals, and the community supported or hindered this person in his/her development and pursuit of life goals
Evaluate what can be learned from this person’s experience
Based on your interview, describe the experience / feelings of parent/guardian and school collaboration.
Provide examples that are relevant to what you’ve learned from course readings and class discussions (i.e. IDEA).
Include a brief concluding paragraph describing what you learned about family and school collaboration as a result of the interview