Meet the experts on the frontlines: the parents of children with special needs. What do they wish they knew then that they know now? These parents share their insights and experiences with traditional and non-traditional professionals. The lessons learned are meant for all parents, health care workers, and teachers. Parents of unique kids share their point of view, their advice, and their wisdom.
A Mother Shares Her Journey Parenting a Newborn Diagnosed with a Stroke
Eleven years ago Mara Yale’s daughter, Mia, had a stroke at birth. In this episode, we hear how Mara’s research, advocacy, self-education, and curiosity informed her approach to parenting and contributed to her daughter’s remarkable recovery. Mara shares considerations that apply across the board for all kids, regardless of age, diagnosis, severity of injury, or track in development as well as information on both the unconventional and conventional therapies she chose for Mia.
A Mother Shares her journey raising her 20-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with autism as a young child.
In this episode, Claude Winn shares her journey raising her twenty-year-old daughter, Maya, who was diagnosed at an early age as being on the autism spectrum. Claude talks about learning how best to support her extraordinary child; her explorations into alternative therapies; the advocacy needed to ensure Maya’s right to participate in activities available to so-called typical students; and the importance of trusting and caring for herself all throughout the process.
A Mother Shares Her Journey of the Joys and Challenges of Raising a Child with Cerebral Palsy
Anne Pratt, from Indianapolis, Indiana is an ABM practitioner and scientist whose 4 year-old son Charlie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 7 months old. Anne describes her experience with traditional and non-traditional approaches to Charlie’s individual needs, the challenges that her family faced, and how they found their current team of doctors, therapists, and support network. Anne also talks about her ongoing advocacy for Charlie, her own self-care, and offers wisdom to families with unique children. Her point of view is inspiring, informative, and deeply moving.