Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The topics that will be covered in this review of the literature will include parents' reactions upon discovering their sons or daughters are handicapped, needs of parents with handicapped children, the importance of parental involvement, and parent training. The sources used in this review are from published literature and from previous research bearing on the topic. The central thesis of the paper is the importance of involving parents in the education of their handicapped children. Prior to such involvement parental reactions need to be resolved and specific parental needs met. The major conclusion drawn is that parent training is a viable way to get parents involved in the education of their handicapped children; however, such training involves the expenditure of time and effort both on the part of parents and professionals.