As a parent, you might experience confusion about your role in your child’s services. You may feel that “pit in the stomach”, or “queasy feeling” when one of your child’s therapists makes a suggestion/comment that just doesn’t seem right. Because you have such a close relationship with your child, your weigh-in during these moments is critical. While you might feel uncomfortable disagreeing with your child’s therapist or teacher, in the long run, your participation and feedback on his/her treatment will help individualize it and make it better.
Here are a few things you can do:
- Assemble a collaborative, considerate treatment team to support you and your child.
- Recognize your importance as a team member, and make yourself visible to providers by talking about your dreams, values, and hopes for your child and family life.
- Locate professionals who can help you understand your child’s verbal, non-verbal, and emotional communication.