• A New Mindset in Special Education: Building Bridges to Trusting Relationships

    The topic of trust within individuals, groups, and teams is seen as an under-explored topic though fundamental to our everyday work in the field of education and more specifically to that of special education. Intentionally building and maintaining trusting relationships between parents of children with special needs and their teachers, administrators, and service providers takes time and skill. This presentation will identify the degree to which trust building factors exist. Trust building in the three primary areas: relationship building, interpersonal communication, and joint decision-making will be explored as well as salient subcategories that have been identified. During this session a meta-analysis of trust theory will be also shared to include those critical variables that are imperative to our craft and that we so often take for granted. Further, participants will learn simple and intentional strategies to cultivate a climate of trust with their own practice.

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