You’re a parental role:
1) You need to be at the helm of your child’s life both at home and at school. Others can support you and should, but ultimately you (and your partner) have the ultimate responsibility of your child.
2) Parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever have to do. You might as well accept this and embrace the journey. You are in it for the long haul.
3) Invest in yourself. Educate yourself. Doctors, therapists, teachers, professionals, and staff will come and go in your child’s life, but you are there forever. Do not rely on others to save you or replace you. Spend your time, energy, money and resources on getting educated so that you can come become the expert. You will need to become the expert if you are to be at the helm of your child’s life.
4) Understand the legal rights of your special need child. The law is often on your side. Talk to other parents and find out what services they have been eligible for. Sometimes government agencies will pay for various fees but if you don’t ask them directly what kind of funding is available, they might not disclose important services that your child may be entitled to.
5) Set the highest of expectations and never think that your child can’t do or learn something.
Stay tuned for more…
Stacy Goresko, Ph.D.,
CEO and Founder of The Social Diet
Author, Trainer, Certified Autism Consultanting