For children with significant cognitive disabilities, their first teachers are their families. Their homes are their first inclusive settings. It is where they first experience being valued members of a community. It is also where they have their first and ongoing experiences learning in inclusive environments. 

The walls of the school do not define where learning starts and stops. For all children, what and how families teach their children strongly influences what their children learn and their love of learning. When families support their children to communicate their thoughts and needs; make progress in reading, writing and math; participate in daily routines and schedules; and then track their progress in these areas, they pave the road for continued life-long learning. A family's belief and expectations that their child will learn and grow in all of these areas bolsters the learning that happens at school. 

The TIES Center and National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) Parent Video Series: Supporting the Learning of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities at Home  supports families in understanding the important role that they have in teaching their children. The series offers ideas for how to support learning at home. 

Each video focuses on three key questions: Why is it important to focus on this with my child at home? How can I do this at home? What support can I ask for from my child’s school?  Watch these videos to learn ways that families can teach their children with significant cognitive disabilities at home and support conversations with their children’s teachers to link home- schools supports.

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