Devereux New York - Millwood Learning Center
Parent Participation and Responsibilities
At the Devereux Millwood Learning Center (DMLC), parents are expected to play an integral role in the education and treatment of their child. In order for a prospective child to gain admission, the parent and or guardians should convey a willingness to be an active participant in their child's program. Services shall not be denied to any otherwise eligible child because of race, color, religion, sex, and national or ethnic origin (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 1973). Active participation by parents is highly encouraged and involves the following:
- Regular attendance at clinics. DMLC is unique in its commitment to maximizing parent participation in developing their child’s program. Each child is seen as unique and special and parents are considered to be an important source of information in educational planning.
- Agreement to implement instructional and behavioral programs in the home (although the content and intensity of this program will vary from family to family).
- Agreement to observe their child during his or her programming on a regular basis
Clinics are “team meetings” wherein we discuss skill acquisition or behavioral programs that are not being met to criterion (“troubleshooting”) as well as discuss skill acquisition or behavioral programs that can be generalized to home. The clinics are seen as an integral component of the student and parent’s experience at DMLC.
Clinics are held once every 4-6 weeks (according to the school calendar) at either 8:00-9:00 a.m. or 2:00-3:00 p.m. Clinics are attended by the student, the classroom teacher, the assigned coordinator and the parent. The clinic may be attended by the principal if given advance notice. Related service provider attendance will be scheduled for you.
Visitation at the Devereux Millwood Learning Center
All classrooms at DMLC are equipped with observation windows so that parents (supervisors, or other appropriate parties) can observe their child engaged in instruction without disrupting the classroom or inadvertently changing the behavior of their child. It is hoped that parents will make appointments with the child's coordinator to observe the classroom on a monthly basis in order to prepare for clinics. Parents are encouraged to take notes during these visits and give feedback to the coordinators about their child's programming.