SPC 255 Chapter Notes - Chapter 6: Toilet Training, Stepfamily, Positive Behavior Support

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27 Feb 2017
Course
Professor
Amy Louie
Hardman, 11th ed.
Chapter 6
Study Questions with Answers
1. What characteristic behavior poses special challenges to families of a child with a
disability?
Youths with disabilities who show characteristics of demanding, destructive,
disruptive and/or aggressive behaviors.
2. What role does humor play for families with a child with a disability?
It releases negative emotions, remedying stress, connecting in unique ways with family
members together and strengthens their relationships.
3. Your textbook suggests that when parents become aware that their child has a disability,
there are several stages that they pass through. The first two are “Experiencing Shock” and
“Coming to a Realization.” Although many of the parents’ emotions are similar in the two
stages, what is different about the two stages (in your own words)?
During “experiencing shock” parents may have a hard time processing right the
information and the may also have self-esteem issues. During “coming to a
realization” stage parents feel the same, but they also come to understand the
demands and constraints that come with raising a child with a disability.
4. In 100 words or less, describe some of the effects upon the family relationships that the
arrival of a child with a disability can have.
When a child with a disability arrives, it not only affects the family members and
their response to one another, but it also affects the mother greatly. The child’s
arrival may cause trauma and great strain, where it might cause the mother to not be
able to perform the tasks she normally does. The child’s presence might also cause an
issue in the mother’s relationship with other family members as she needs to pay
more attention to the child, in which other members need to take over her
responsibility.
5. What is the unique role that grandparents play?
Research indicates that grandparents, particularly during the disability identification
process, are influential in how the parents respond to the child with a disability. If a
grandparent show understanding, offer emotional support and provide good role
models of effective coping, they may positively impact the struggle mothers and
fathers face. If grandparents are critical and non-responsive, they may add to the
parents’ burdens and worsen an already challenging situation.
6. What are the crucial factors which influence the relationships between parents and children
with disabilities?
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