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Education: The Great Equaliser!

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The following points have been expanded in the books available via my web site. They contain much more about accessing learning and the development of valuable skills.

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Disability and the family

Introduction

Following are a number of well documented thoughts associated with having a disabled child.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of a disability, for example a visual impairment, is usually a shock for parents…

Each member of the family often feels different emotions or even the same emotion to a different degree …

Passing on the News

At the point of diagnosis, the way it is handled by the person passing on the information is extremely important …

The emotions felt will depend on the emotional intensity and its pattern …

Different Emotions

  • Some degree of guilt is often felt …

  • Helplessness may follow

Etc

Grief, Isolation and Loss of Status

  • Almost inevitably there is a feeling of grief …

Etc

Fear, Frustration, Anger and Apathy

Fear, frustration, anger and apathy are closely related and may follow in quick succession …

Uttering the phrase ‘why us’ is common to many parents in this situation …

Information

Information about the situation makes addressing things easier. Unfortunately, the support available varies depending on where you live in the UK …

Development

Missing developmental milestones is very hard to make up. Extra effort may be needed along with extra support in the home and school …

Professional Help

The often large number of professionals involved at this time can be confusing and potentially stressful, especially if they are not working collaboratively …

Other Children in the Family

A great deal of effort and time will be directed to the disabled child. Consequently, a sibling can feel left out or even ignored.

A few points to consider,

  • Siblings may have questions which are very hard to ask; for example, will it happen to me and will it affect my children?

Etc

Telling Your Child about His or Her Disability

One option is to say nothing …

An Alternative View

Some people believe that it is easier telling the child at the beginning as it becomes harder later …

Avoiding an Explanation

  • The child, for example with a visual impairment, might find out from others about the condition and its prognosis. Finding out in this way might result in it being poorly explained and/or containing inaccurate information

Etc

An Unhelpful Role

  • A disabled child often arouses sympathy and as a result, s/he can be the object of too much help

Etc

Inappropriate Attitudes by Others

  • The child may be thought of as clumsy or even stupid

Etc

Beneficial Understanding

  • A disability can lead to frustration. It is therefore useful to the child if s/he can be encouraged to understand why s/he feels this way

Etc

A Need for Support

Young people are often very resilient and get on with it. It is easier to accept things when you are young. However, both family members and the young person deal with disability in their own way. There is no single solution to the associated emotional problems …

Bereavement

Some parents feel that having a child with a disability is accompanied with feelings of bereavement. That is, loss of the ‘normal’ child and this feeling can impact on both family and friends …

Positives

Much of what has just been said can paint a negative picture. It may help to draw inspiration from those with a disability who now hold high profile positions in society ... .

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