As dedicated as I am to Special Education I cannot tell a parent of a child with a disability that I fully understand what they are going through. Yes, I know their children well and I work with them daily. But, I do not know what it is like to be a parent of a child with a disability. While studying in College one of my professors taught a class on the grieving process that parents go through when they find out their child has, or will have a disability. She shared this story, “Welcome to Holland”, by Emily Perl Kingsley. This story put things into a little better perspective for me.
“First of all, thank you for inviting me to be part of your blog. I love what you are doing and am honored that you think I have anything to say worth reading .
Second, let me introduce myself to your audience. My name is Lisa Wade. I am married to a wonderful man and we have four great kids. One daughter is married so we have a great son-in-law. Our youngest child, now 19, has autism. He was diagnosed at age 2 and it turned our world upside down. Mostly in a good way. Mostly. I work part-time from home and have done so for 20+ years. I love music, reading, am passionate about helping families with special needs kids and am slightly addicted to several TV shows! I live for my family and even though my kids are all adults now, my life still seems to revolve around them.
Get on the same page if at all possible. This is extremely important when you have a special needs child. One parent may not be ready to accept the diagnosis yet, or you may differ on which treatment plan to follow. That sets up an immediate source of conflict between you. Be willing to talk things out and seek to understand the other person’s point of view, not just be understood yourself. Be respectful even if you don’t agree. Be willing to compromise. When a decision is made, you and your spouse should back it fully and work together as a united team.
Technology can be such a huge tool while teaching these little people! Not only is technology extremely motivating but you can find apps for just about any behavior you want to correct. Now, do I believe that hours of screen time is appropriate for kids? NO! But, when used correctly technology can be one of your biggest tools as a parent or educator working on tricky behaviors! Check out these four amazing apps for helping with behavior issues. These APPs are also all Autism Approved! Meaning- they are all tools that can be a HUGE help in the day-to-day life of a child with Autism. To get the full version of these APPS it will cost a little. But most of them you can try out for free! But, in my opinion if possible- these APPS are well worth the money!
Meet Finley, the Great Warrior, in a tiny package! Months ago, I began following the story of this sweet angel. His story touched my heart, and inspired me in ways that I never expected. I wake up every morning eager to check in to see how this little champion is doing. The story of this sweet family has not only captured my heart but the heart’s of thousands all over the country. On their facebook page alone, Prayers for Finn, Finn has over 7,000 followers praying for him. He is a true angel among us. His Mother [Kelly] and Father [Michael] have been nothing but positive, strong and to put it simply, amazing through the whole process. Kelly has agreed to allow me to interview her about life with a child with a serious medical condition in hopes of inspiring other parents and families who may have children with medical conditions or disabilities. Here is their story…..
April is Autism Awareness Month! I am so happy to be sharing fun facts, interesting information and helpful tools on Autism all month long!
The other day while I was standing in line at the grocery store a lady behind me made a about a little boy with Asperger Syndrome that made me want to bring a little more awareness about what Aspereger Syndrome is. The comment made was, “He has Aspergers. Its not like he has Autism. Most people grow out of Aspergers anyway.” Yikes. There are a few things we need to clear up about that statement. Read on…….