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If your son, daughter, or student falls on the autism spectrum, you most likely realize the difficulties peer interaction can bring. For instance a student with autism may use a side entry at school to enter and leave so he or she can avoid large crowds. While such strategies get everyone through the day without incident, the students with autism lose the chances to learn important peer interaction skills.

I’m writing today about what it is like to parent a child with epilepsy in honor of Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Cerebral palsy, autism, cognitive disabilities, speech and language difficulties, the list could go on. These disabilities may not be as visible to onlookers as others.

Do you believe you were born for a purpose? I believe we all have several things to accomplish in our lives. I wanted to be a Mom since I was a little girl. I got married in 1982 and 31 years later, we are still a good team.

Coaching your own kiddo can be tricky business. Whether you are your child’s primary coach, or you are the coach at meets, I hope these ideas will be helpful. Here are five tips that have helped us, but we are still figuring this out and would love to hear what has been helpful for others.

Parents, I acknowledge the difficult position the IEP process puts you in. I didn’t always, but time brings maturity. You fight with the school on your child’s behalf while at the same time you could find yourself fighting with your child, especially tweens and teenagers. Trying the following strategies should help give you an edge against difficult school officials and also avoid family fighting.

The fact that bullying is prevalent enough to warrant this article disheartens me. So many children and teenagers are bullied, shunned, or otherwise mistreated in school, in the community, in their own neighborhoods every day. While this problem is serious amongst the general population, it seems that children with disabilities are targeted more frequently.

Parents are all over the board when it comes to how they teach their kids about disabilities. Some scold their kids when they ask what’s wrong when a person with a disability passes by, and other parents are totally cool with letting their kids run around and approach us at will. No two parenting techniques are alike.

Since becoming a quadriplegic three years ago, I have quickly learned that people don’t know a whole lot about the disability community. When you’re uneducated about something, I think it’s normal to feel uncomfortable with it. Maybe even afraid of it.