Parents of children with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness often become so consumed by the continuous challenges faced in their day-to-day lives of caring for their families and balancing their home/work responsibilities that they often neglect to give themselves the care and support greatly needed for themselves.
This group not only offers the emotional support of being among other parents that can relate to their unique experiences, but also offers a network to share parenting techniques that they have found to be successful with their children. The latest findings in behavioral interventions to incorporate in the home and at school will be shared, as well as techniques to incorporate self-care into your lives as parents. This group intends to add to the supportive network that you have likely already began to create as well as to teach how to best utilize those supports in assisting in your family’s special needs. For example, we will learn how to interpret your child’s IEP, your rights in terms of what can be asked for by your child’s school and/or outside providers, and the best ways to measure your child’s progress both in school and at home. Non-pharmaceutical, naturalistic techniques to improve your child’s emotional regulation and optimize their learning will presented in addition to other special topics such as sibling issues, marital/single parents stressors, and managing environmental sensory stimulation.
I have found in my clinical experience that the information learned from books, medical doctors, or media promotions cannot compare to the successful ideas shared among parents themselves. As parents, you contain the greatest amount of knowledge and experience that can be offered, however, time constraints often prevent this awareness from being shared. In that sense, I look forward to learning as much from you as I hope you will gain from being a part of this team.