Parents, are you feeling:
When there is a child with Special Needs, your whole family has the disability. Life seems out of control with the day-to-day accommodations you must make. Stress and exhaustion may cause lasting damage and tear at relationships. This is not the life you planned.
Children who have ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Behavioral Issues have strengths and weaknesses like other kids. However, their weaknesses are frequently more profound. It takes more effort, energy, and concentration on their part and yours just to keep up. Children who have Special Needs add a great deal to our lives. Each one is unique; each one is joy; each one is sadness; each one is love.
As a psychotherapist and teacher, I have been with mothers and fathers of children with Special Needs. As a parent, I understand how important your children are. For years I traveled to schools and homes, designing and monitoring behavior plans. I worked hands-on with kids, behaviorists, school staff, and parents. I have sat on both sides of the IEP table.
I am a safe place to air your feelings in a non-judgmental, empathetic, and down-to-earth environment. You may have thoughts or fears uncomfortable to admit. Not everyone is informed, understanding, or supportive. You love your child and want only the best and a quiet breath. Many areas demand your attention. Pick your battles and spend your energy and resources wisely. I will help you explore, evaluate, set reasonable boundaries, lay out priorities, and lower your stress.
“It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” ~ Nelson Mandela