In the School of Parenthood: Lessons from a Wise Mom
In this third interview, I chose a parent that has a child in first grade. Her perspective on parenting a younger child with special needs provides valuable insights. I just love what she has to teach all of us.
Q: What is one thing you wish teachers knew about your child that is not on the IEP?
A: That she wishes she could communicate the correct way. She doesn’t like feeling like this.
Q: Scores on tests do not define the child. What is something your child is really good at that is not reflected on tests?
A: She loves to color and is great at imaginative play.
Q: How important is homework for your child? Is it just a burden, or is it a helpful learning tool?
A: Helpful in small doses- some days it works and others it’s too much.
Q: How old was your child when you first knew she had special needs?
A: 1 ½ when she was just starting to stand on her own.
Q: What is one piece of advice for someone with a newly diagnosed child?
A: Continue to push the doctor if your child is not meeting milestones.
Q: What is one meal that everyone in your family likes to eat?
Q; What advice do you have for interacting with children with special needs?
A: Sometimes it takes more than one interaction to form a “trust” with kids with special needs.
Q: What activities do you recommend to other parents to foster self-care?
A: Read as many books as you can! Continue your research.
Q: Are there any support groups that you recommend for parents or children?
Q: What are your favorite family activities?
A: Movie nights, family cooking nights, and activities around Medina like movies on the Square, tree lighting, and the 4th of July parade.