Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to reflect on and analyze ethical considerations when working with families of children with special needs.

Directions: 

  1. Using the course content and the steps to ethical problem solving here complete a problem-solving approach to two of the case studies. 
  2. Then, read and select two of the following case studies:
    • Case Study #1: The IEP deadline for Gerald is on Monday and his parents are not free to meet until the following Friday.  You’ve tried contacting them by phone for two weeks and planned to meet on Monday without them.  They have a desire to attend the meeting but had some problems with their phone.  They are just now calling you at the end of the day on Friday.  What should you do?
    • Case Study #2: The IEP team at your school decided that Sally would be best suited in a self-contained classroom.  After you share your recommendation with the parents, her mother expresses her relief to find that there are solutions to help her daughter.  However, Sally’s father becomes irate and yells at the mother for producing an idiot child.  He said that no daughter of his will go to the “dumb class” and then he storms out.  What should you do? 
    • Case Study #3: Juan has been referred for special education and you need to administer an achievement test in order for your team to come to a decision regarding his classification.  Reading is very difficult for Juan and as you are administering the test you can tell that he is becoming more and more frustrated with his own reading abilities as you continue with the test.  Finally, he falls into a heap on the floor and sobs.  Juan begs you to please not make him read any more and that he just can’t do it.  You haven’t reached any point in the test where you have gained any useful information.  What should you do?
    • Case Study #4: During a team meeting, your principal and school psychologist state that they believe that Beverly has an anxiety disorder.  You feel very strongly that Beverly does not have an anxiety disorder, and in fact, have evidence that Beverly actually has ADHD.  The team conversation has moved on to deciding on interventions for Beverly but you haven’t yet had a chance to voice your opinion.  What should you do?
  3. Then, analyze this ethical dilemma and attempt to find a resolution for each. 
  4. Write a reflection based on your analysis and solution to each ethical dilemma. Make sure to include what was violated and suggestions and strategies to ensure ethical practice when working with families. Revise and edit your work before submitting it.
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