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ERIC Number: EJ897051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Operation Recreation
Schutz, Jeff; Schutz, Laurie
Exceptional Parent, v40 n6 p14-16 Jun 2010
Parents who have a child with a disability often find that recreational activities can be anything but accessible. Time for recreation is drowned by the priorities of caring for a child's needs, and the "umph" to get out can feel like an insurmountable obstacle. The activities parents love and aspire to share with their child may seem like one more shattered dream. But recreational activities can provide avenues by which families access a deeper experience of life satisfaction and family cohesiveness. Returns on the extra investment of time, energy, and creativity often include experiences that provide fun and family bonding. The benefits may also include improved communication dynamics that can shape a unique family identity. When parents want to reclaim the recreational activities they love, they will need to embrace the obstacles to accessibility as a part of the adventure. This, in turn, will cause them to change the way they see themselves as parents as well as the way they think about their child's disability. This article describes how the authors, in order to reclaim their dreams, had to change the way they thought of themselves. Instead of simply being "the parents of a child with a disability," they decided to adopt and promote a more can-do identity: They are "special ops parents." This article offers tips for special ops parenting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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