ERIC Number: ED476561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Parenting a Child with Special Needs. 3rd Edition. NICHCY News Digest.
Kupper, Lisa, Ed.
This paper presents two articles for parents of children with disabilities. In the first article, "You Are Not Alone," by Patricia McGill Smith, a parent discusses the range of emotions that parents of children with disabilities experience and offers 18 suggestions for coping with the effects of disability on the family. These include: seek the assistance of other parents; talk with other family members; learn the terminology; find programs for your child; take care of yourself; and keep daily routines as normal as possible. The second article is: "The Unplanned Journey," by Carole Brown and others. It offers suggestions for parents following the diagnosis of a child's disability including: join a group; read materials written by (and for) parents; find out about services; and fulfill your role in supporting and empowering the family. Suggestions also address working with care givers and professionals. (Contains 29 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Children, Clinical Diagnosis, Coping, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Adjustment, Emotional Response, Family Relationship, Parent Attitudes
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY), P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013-1492. Tel: 800-695-0285 (Toll Free); Tel: 202-884-8200; Fax: 202-884-8441; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.nichcy.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.