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Parenting Children with Disabilities

Parenting Children with Disabilities

You can be a great parent to your special needs child. And you can support them in their needs, while also taking care of your own.

The knowledge that your child has special needs can affect you in many different ways. The confirmation of a diagnosis may bring you some comfort, or you may be shocked.

Either way, your mind immediately starts racing with all of the changes this will bring to your life, and your child’s life. You want to create a game plan, and feel that you have a handle on this development. And, more than anything, you want your child to be okay.

You may find yourself reflecting on your (previously unconscious) expectation of a “normal child,” or wondering if you did something wrong. And those thoughts may fill you with shame. But they have no bearing on your quality as a parent. Nor do they say anything about your love for your child. These are just natural responses to the new reality facing you.

Special Needs Parenting

Coping with a special needs child

As a parent, you may be going through any one of several stages of adjustment. They are:

Similar to the stages of grief, all of these are valid emotions. They may be necessary for you to experience in order to reach your new normal. Try to be understanding with yourself as you navigate these changes in your life.

Similar to the stages of grief, all of these are valid emotions. They may be necessary for you to experience in order to reach your new normal. Try to be understanding with yourself as you navigate these changes in your life.

Counseling for special needs parents

This is a difficult time of adjustment for your family, and we are here to help. We know that you may be feeling lost, and unsure of next steps. But our goal is to minimize your feelings of isolation or burnout.

Besides guiding you through the various stages of adjustment, we will also assist you in implementing day to day changes. This may consist of a variety of things. It will all depend on what you and your family need. But primarily, we will address any lingering guilt or stress you may be feeling during this adjustment. And we will give you coping skills for the new daily stresses you are facing.

 

Here’s what to expect when you work with us:

Free Phone Consult:

At Bricolage, we extend a free 15-minute phone consultation to make sure we are a good fit to work together. We will discuss what your goals are, explain what therapy will look like, and how your life will be different after working with us. By the end of this call, you will have
a clear idea of your next steps.

Initial Session:

Your first meeting with your therapist will be between 60 and 70 minutes and will allow the two of you to begin to build a relationship.
You will go over the information you provided before this initial session as well as dive into all of the elements of your story. Throughout
this appointment, you and your therapist will work as a team to create your action plan.

Weekly Sessions:

Once you and your therapist begin to work deeply together, you will experience a type of treatment that has been completely tailored
to you and your needs. Your therapist will take keen notice of where you are in your maternal mental health journey and ensure that the exercises you complete in session will bring you a sense of comfort and peace as you move forward.

Completion of Goals

As a team, you and your therapist will continue to evaluate your progress and growth. Eventually, the two of you will recognize that you
are responding to stressors more effectively and that weekly therapy might no longer be necessary. At this point you can choose to come to session less often and together you will decide what level of support you need for the future.

Our team of compassionate professionals will help you tap into the strengths you already possess and guide you to stop looking for the “if” and start taking advantage of the NOW.

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