Each child with special needs faces their own challenges. However, they do not face these challenges alone; family and loved ones looking for the best for their child with Cerebral Palsy are looking to learn and grow as well. With all of this work and focus, it can be difficult for parents of children with special needs to avoid feelings of isolation. As such, we are strong proponents of parents finding their voice online.
First: Why. Parents of children with special needs not only face the usual challenges associated with family, relationships, work and parenting, but also navigating and overcoming barriers associated with their child’s unique condition. This makes time sparse and the ability to engage in friendships and more limited. Connecting with other special needs parents helps talk about common problems, but also common solutions to problems. We would never suggest parents of children with special needs, including Cerebral Palsy, avoid others; rather, there is a unique value in speaking with someone who may face similar challenges.
But how do you meet other special needs parents? Support groups are a great place to start. One of our first focuses was helping connect, through helpful, engaging conversations on the phone, parents with organizations and associations in their area. This serves two purposes: our call-first approach helps ensure we understand the child’s unique special needs and uncovers additional support options available, as well as allowing for parents to have a partner in their child’s success. This connection not only serves to help today, but also with helping for years to come as your child grows and faces new needs.
Another great avenue for parents to connect is through social media. The Internet in general has become a great resource for parents to better understand the Cerebral Palsy information that impacts their child. But there are also an amazing amount of great blogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook groups (and Pages!), forums and more to help you connect. Special needs parents deserve to have a voice and not just be a reader! For information on setting up a blog, check out our eBook on support for parents of children with Cerebral Palsy.
Our organization’s ultimate goal is to make an impact on your child’s success. But we also recognize that involves your success as well. Contact us today, through our online form or by calling (800) 692-4453(800) 692-4453 FREE (or by stopping by our Facebook Page), to find out how we can help your child with Cerebral Palsy, as well as your family. We are here to help and are always happy to learn new ways to make an impact on your child with Cerebral Palsy’s success, as well as yours as a special needs parent.