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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:30 am 
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I came across this article and thought it really was a worthwhile read. I hope you think so, too.

Making Connections
The “Who” & “How” of Advocating for a Child with Special Needs

By Mary Z. McGrath, Ph.D.

If you are a parent of a child with special needs you may have already come to the heart understanding that this child requires a unique gift of yourself. As the parent, certainly you know that you are that important “who,” present for your child now and in the days ahead.

Yet as life unfolds and the years pass, others will continue to contribute their caring and expertise to ensure that your child reaches his/her potential in every way. These people who fill your child’s life with their talents and affirmation will include grandparents, siblings, other relatives, godparents, doctors, medical specialists, teachers, daycare providers and neighbors. In addition, community organization volunteers and staff, pastors and other church personnel as well as park and recreation workers will move in and out or your child’s life, weaving a net of safety and support.

With your heart and mind open to this complex and important role that life has offered you, you may wonder how this role of advocate will evolve in your day to day parenting and through the years ahead. How do you as a parent assume the role of child advocate for the one person who needs your efforts and expertise the most?

Read more... ... ildren.htm

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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