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The knowledgeable professional who works with special children recognizes that the parents of special children have an important effect in the children's development. The paper states that in China, parent involvement in special children's education has been limited by the parents' need to work and their lack of counseling experience with special needs children. With the development of Chinese special education, more professionals now are aware of the gravity of the situation. The paper suggests that through behavior counseling, parents can create healthy parent-child interactions, get involved positively in their child's education, and contribute more to the growth of their child. The assumption of behavior counseling is that most human behavior is learned and can be changed. Studies have shown that special children have many problem behaviors. The paper also suggests that teaching parents the principles and skills of behavior management can bring about specific changes in their child's behavior. It describes behavioral counseling as having four essential stages: (1) understanding the feelings of parents; (2) developing a close relationship with parents; (3) helping parents learn and apply behavioral principles; and (4) keeping in touch with parents. (JDM)

Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems, Counseling, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Parent Child Relationship, Parents, Special Education

Author: Jiao, Qing


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