Leveling the Playing Field: IEP/IFSP Facilitation As Equalizer. Presented by: Diana MTK Autin, Esq., Executive Co-Director, Region I Parent TA Center @ the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of NJ (c) 2005. What is facilitation?.
Diana MTK Autin, Esq., Executive Co-Director,
Region I Parent TA Center @ the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of NJ
- Facilitation is guidance of a group in a problem-solving process. The group leader -- a facilitator -- is neutral in regard to the issues or topics under discussion. The facilitator works with the group as a whole and provides procedural help in moving toward a conclusion.
Who is sure to:
-Be paid to participate in the meeting?
-Fear retaliation against their child?
-Worry what others might think?
-Have to remortgage their home to afford an attorney if things don’t work out?
-Meeting procedures and consequences
-How to provide support to the family without substituting their judgment for the family’s judgment
-How to actively listen (to the family, the district, and other participants)
-How to help the family explain their position
- -Other options for the family & how to access them
-How to assist the family to negotiate
-How to explain to the family what they are “giving away” if they compromise or “settle” for less than they believe they are entitled to.
Meeting Facilitation meeting?
The facilitator may: