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For Friends/Family of Special Needs Parents:

16 Mar

I think this applies pretty well to other special needs and not just autism.

In my virtual travels, I have noticed a major theme and source of extra stress for parents of kids with special/different needs and that is that family and friends that were a part of their life before the special needs came into play (before the child/children were born, before the parents became concerned and started seeking answers…  Anytime, really…) are either no longer present or seemingly unwilling (or actually unwilling) to accept their friend’s often complex responsibilities and family challenges and maybe their friend’s increased need for someone to listen, a friend who won’t judge them, just kindness … A FRIEND.  They could really use a friend. If you still want to be a friend (and this goes for family- immediate and extended pretty equally) but just don’t know what to do, here’s a great place to start:

(I do have other links like this…I’ll update and post them when I can…)

Your Child Has Autism, and I Don’t Know What to Say: Seven Ways to Go the Extra Mile to Keep Your Friendship Thriving

via Your Child Has Autism, and I Don’t Know What to Say: Seven Ways to Go the Extra Mile to Keep Your Friendship Thriving | Delightfully Different Life.

 

Please share this resource!  Us exhausted parents of special needs kids thank you!

xo

B

ASK. Just ASK.

18 Jun

My attention was recently called to the Ask campaign. ASK Day is on Father’s Day (June 21, 2009).

The campaign proposes that parents ask about the presence of a firearm when their kids go play in another family’s home. Seems logical, but really, if we teach our kids about firearm safety (do not touch, tell an adult, etc) shouldn’t that be enough? I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s safe to assume all other parents are raising their children in the same manner as you choose. Or that even if you know your child well, that you can estimate the amount of impulse control or safety rules another child may have in their arsenal.

This statistic shocked me:
Nearly 1.7 million children, under the age of 18, live in homes with firearms that are both loaded and unlocked in the United States

(Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Findings From the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2002, published 2005.)

You can read more at the Ask/Speak Up site

I don’t think anyone can argue with the frightening reality of that one statistic. The risk is there and it is real, and our kids are too precious to make assumptions.

Please share the AskingSavesKids.org link.

Hugs all around,
Bek


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