I think it is important to make connections and look for ways to help other people. Being a helper is how I am wired, and creating these blog posts that were interviews with parents of kids with special needs is my way to give people a sense of community, and understanding and maybe one way parents can feel a sense of belonging. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Blog Questions for Parents
What is one thing you wish teachers knew about your child that is not on the IEP?
His interests, they could help augment the goals on his IEP.
Scores on tests do not define the child. What is something your child is really good at that is not reflected on tests?
Social/emotional interactions with peers and adults.
How important is homework for your child? Is it just a burden, or is it a helpful learning tool?
It can be a burden, however, homework helps me really “see” what and how he is doing.
How old was your child when you first knew he/she had special needs?
I knew something was different when he was 6 months old. Significant delays were seen at 1 year old and we got a diagnosis at 3 years old.
What is one piece of advice you have for someone who has a newly diagnosed child?
Learn about their diagnosis but DO NOT let it define your child. They have more in them!
What is one meal that everyone in your family likes to eat?
Pizza and spaghetti
What advice do you have for interacting with children with special needs?
Acknowledge them! Talk to them and watch their body language for signs to further or end interaction.
What activities do you recommend to other parents to foster self-care?
Yoga! Long walks, massages(short ones) go away with your significant other if you can- for a night, a day, a weekend.
Are there any support groups that you recommend for parents or children?
I don’t know of any. Facebook has groups but I find people don’t stay active with it. I wish they had one for my other kids as they were growing up.
What are your favorite family activities?
We love to go on family walks. We go to ALOT of our older boys sporting events. We love getting involved in the fundraising efforts of the organizations our son is involved in. We usually do the “walks” so he feels involved.