Self Reflection after the meeting
Inclusive facilitators will warm to this new way of thinking and working readily; others will take a long time to unlearn the habits of a professional lifetime. Key questions to ask yourself when considering your own practice and how person centred it is must include the following:
- How would I feel to be dealt with like this?
- If we were discussing my child would I feel this process to be respectful of them and me?
- Does this practice really let me express myself and be truly listened to?
- Is what I say not only heard but responded to meaningfully?
- Do I feel accepted for who I am or judged for my weaknesses?
- Am I now feeling more in touch with my gifts and those of my child?
- Have I felt the supportive presence throughout this process of someone or a range of people I really care about and trust or have I been on my own working with relative strangers?
Many of our practices would fall short within our UK public services for children labelled as having special educational needs within Health, Education and Social Services despite many legislative attempts to make the child and their parents more likely to be involved in planning processes. In practice attempts have been at times crude and dangerous at others superficial and meaningless. But looking closer there have also been brilliant pockets of practice where parents and children have felt supported, involved and listened to. They have also been in meetings that have been well led and safe. With the advent of Education Health Care Plans and the legal requirement to be person centred we will see what happens in practice.
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