The difference between formal and informal supports for families

What is the difference between formal and informal supports for families or caregivers of individuals with disabilities regarding the areas of academic, transitional, and vocational skills? Provide examples in your explanation. Does one form of support have more value than another? Why or why not?
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Adam is a fifth-grader diagnosed with a learning disability who receives instruction for all core subjects in the resource room with the special education teacher. He resides with his elderly grandparents who have full custody, while his older sister who was born with severe complications from fetal alcohol syndrome resides in a facility where she receives around-the-clock care. Adam does not have any contact with his biological mother. He never knew his biological father. His grandparents are the only caregivers he has ever known and they are overwhelmed and feel unprepared to adequately address Adam’s increased oppositional behaviors and lack of academic progress. They are reluctant to meet with any school personnel as they feel the school should take care of school matters while they take care of the home matters.

Based on this scenario, how can you, as the special education teacher, begin the conversation with Adam’s grandparents about how additional supports outside the classroom could benefit them as well as Adam? What resources and supports would you recommend to them? Why?

 

 

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