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ERIC Number: EJ945925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Accentuating the Positive: "Can't" Doesn't Cut It
Hyndman, Amy
Exceptional Parent, v41 n9 p14-16 Sep 2011
Nick is the author's first-born child. He was born healthy in 1993. Within days, however, there would be medical complications resulting in brain damage, seizures, medical issues, a diagnosis of cerebral palsy at four months of age, and later, a diagnosis of bi-lateral progressive hearing loss at eight years of age. Nick's parents have been told that Nick will eventually lose his hearing in both ears. In fact, he currently has a moderate-severe hearing loss in both ears. This article presents the story of Nick and what he "can" do. The author also shares some lessons learned: It is vitally important to remember to have respect for the expertise of professionals, yet to always remember that parents know their child the best. Parents can also face the reality of their child's disability and be "positive." Sometimes that requires that parents "think outside the box," or think of different ways to accomplish some of their child's goals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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