Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities
website: http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/family-coping-ld/emotional-cycle-for-parents-of-child-with-learning-disability utm_source=newsletter_november_19_2012&utm_medium=email&utm_content=text&utm_campaign=ldnews
I'm sharing an article with you that has a bit of a different focus - instead of the child's experience with a learning disability, this article is actually about the emotional experience of the parent of a child with a learning disability.
The author reviews the stages of grief that parents go through when they realize that their child has a learning disability. They, in essence, are mourning the child that 'should have been' or the 'perfect child' that they had imagined they would have.
I'm curious to hear if any of you have had a similar experience - please share!
If you are a parent of a young child or adolescent with special needs, you are not likely thinking about this, but it's a good time to become familiar with the concept of Guardianship. Guardianship refers to the transfer of rights over to the parent when your child turns 18 years of age. There are several factors to consider.
Take a look at my blog with Different Dream (www.differentdream.com) for an overview of the process and when it's time to begin thinking about transferring guardianship. It's a 2 part series, so make sure you read both parts!
As always, I look forward to hearing from you!
I am sharing my most recent article, published in Raising Teens Magazine , in the October 2012 issue.
In this article, I offer tips and strategies on how to challenge your adolescent, even if she or he has special needs. Too often, parents find themselves 'doing a lot' for their teen because of a disability or area of weakness. However, you may be doing a disservice to your teen who is ready to be held to the higher standards that you have set for your other children, younger and older.
You will see that you will be pleasantly surprised as a parent when you hold your teen with special needs to age-appropriate (or modified) but higher standards for behavior, social skills, academics, and responsibilities around your home.
Read on and let me know what you think!
November 5, 2012 by Joann Adkins in Attention deficit disorders
I'm sharing an article that speaks to the impact music has on children with ADHD. As a clinician who works with students with ADHD regularly, many have shared their experience with me that background music while completing homework is helpful and actually improves focus. Now I see the research is here to back up the insight that many of my clients have.
Although distracting for those without ADHD, music serves as constant background noise and is better than silence. So, parents, when your child puts on the music to do homework, let him/her, and in fact, encourage it!
Dr. Liz Matheis
Dr Liz Matheis and her team specialize in assisting children and their families with Anxiety, Autism, AD/HD, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Struggles