As a special needs teacher at an elementary school, I am sometimes taken aback by the way parents are told their child is a special needs child. This lack of compassion comes from the psychologist, the principal and sometimes my fellow special needs teachers. Hearing that their child has a problem for the first time has to be a scary proposition, to say the least, for the parent. My question is, do you think that a seminar (maybe during in-service) done professionally which discusses the do's and don'ts of speaking with parents of special needs children would be a good idea? I have been approached by a professional, who has shown me the presentation, complete with workbook, which "sensitizes" one to the needs of the parent of the child. I am just thinking that the first contact we have with a parent might tell whether we are going to have success or failure. So, maybe a couple hours of discussing how to talk to them might be helpful. I would certainly welcome feedback on this before I take it any further with my co-workers and supervisor. Please give me your input.