If there is a challenge, find someone who will listen to your thoughts. Be certain to ask questions as many times as you need for clarification. Don't let professionals use jargon that only they can interpret. Make certain all communication is family/parent friendly. This is YOUR child. You need to work with people who value your thoughts and opinions as individuals and as parents/guardians.
Remember that if there is a need, that first and foremost, this is a child. Secondly, that the challenge is something affecting your child. So your child is not for example, an autistic child. Rather, your child has autism. The distinction is crucial and allows you to always hold dreams, remove the glass ceilings and never forget to see the daily miracles of life. Your child is more than a subset of skills and behaviors. Don't lose sight of the essence of your child and the gift that your child shares each and every day with you and their world.
You may have "traveled" through numerous agencies, and the walk can be exhausting. Know that your focus will change and what you desire for your child may be transforming. Work with people who can help you formulate dreams and hopes. You should never have those taken away. Every child and every parent/guardian needs to see the daily miracles and the gains that are achieved.
To ‘see’ things differently. To take risks. To believe when all others question and doubt. To dream and expect the unexpected. Do you all realize that you are heroes?
One of the greatest benefits of being at Children’s Therapy Corner is being part of your lives and having the opportunity to talk to you, the families. You encourage us to go beyond, to search for new and different answers, new methods to help your children. To think out of the box!
As therapists, we may be the ones who spent some specialized time in universities to help your children, but you are the professionals who live the daily life and know what we can only assume. It is in partnership that we gain so much more TOGETHER.
We anticipate that this partnership will enhance your child’s development. To FOCUS on a dream, PLAN the route (with detours expected), and REACH a destiny together with support and awareness of the community in which you live. It may be a challenging dream, but with a vision and determination based on a great cause: Oh, the Places We’ll Go!
— by Janet Ringle-Bartels, CTC Owner/Executive Director
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