TAG: Parent Stress
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It’s past midnight and “Amanda”can’t fall asleep. She’s focused on her meeting the next morning at the school where her son is struggling in a program not suited to his unique needs. As she mentally rehearses her appeal for better support for him, she’s also bracing herself for the response she expects: polite “no’s” and [...]
“Alicia” was an active, talkative four-year-old, but even the smallest change in her morning routine could throw her into fits of whining, crying, and hitting. If her mother tried to put her in a top other than one of two soft, light-blue t-shirts she preferred, Alicia screamed and sobbed wildly. Just being in crowded restaurants [...]
I am very grateful to the Kids in the House Organization for the opportunity to support parents and caregivers through their extensive videotape library.
Here I share four things parents can do to build resilience in yourself and your child.
It’s often difficult to prioritize self-care when the world is spinning so quickly and your [...]
November 13th, 2014
Last week London McCabe, an autistic six-year old, died a senseless, tragic and preventable death at the hands of his mother. As professionals, there are steps we can take to prevent additional casualties of innocent lives. The first thing we can do is to examine our own beliefs and make sure we are not communicating [...]
August 4th, 2014
An inspiring blog post by a mom and advocate of the Awenesty of Autism site described a dramatic office visit and the choice she made to not put a limit on her child’s future:
In the author’s post, she writes:
“After the evaluation, the lovely doctor, in a very nice, professional manner basically told me [...]
There are many reasons IEP’s can be stressful. Here is a list of a few related to the emotional ramifications of the process on parents. Please feel free to respond and add your own. The implication here is not that school administrators and teaching staff ever intend to make IEP’s an adversarial process. The reason [...]
In the previous post we discussed the potential for parents to feel sacked by their IEP team. In fact, when talking to parent groups, the topic of IEP’s usually gathers a collective sigh. Here are some things you can consider in order to gain credibility as a legitimate member, and even leader, of your child’s [...]
Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet with three incredible and accomplished moms as we prepared for a panel at the Profectum conference next month. One topic of conversation caught my attention: when well meaning professionals entrusted to treat their children unknowingly cause stress for parents. This can take various forms, but one example [...]