Home-School Communications: Multicultural Parents of Children with Disabilities

Heidi Abadeh


The primary goal of this study was to examine the role of communication between parents of children with special needs and schools. As the multicultural population in United States’ schools continues to increase, the need to help teachers understand what parents expect in terms of being able to communicate effectively grows in importance. A descriptive research study using a survey as the data collection tool was used to determine perceptions of Arab American parents of children with special needs regarding communications between the home and school. Findings of the study indicated that parents born in the United States had more positive perceptions regarding communications with teachers. These findings may be due to parent’s lack of fluency with English and teachers lack of understanding the Arabic culture. Educators need to make an effort to improve communications as a means to make educational experiences more productive for both teachers and parents.

Keywords: parents, home-school communications, multicultural.

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