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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Group therapy: How to have a child with special needs and family fun
"How do other families of children with special needs have fun?" asks a mom. "When we're out things tend to feel like work, and I feel alienated from other families. I have many examples: All the kids will be in the pool or at the playground with the parents socializing, but I'll be busy assisting my 8-year-old son. Or all the other kids will be eating together at meals or at birthday parties, and he'll be sitting with me so I can assist with eating as I try to fit in conversations with adults but not exclude him. If we go to amusement parks as a family, to do a family ride we'd have to leave him with another family member, and the guilt I feel takes the 'fun' out of it. I don't mean to say we never have fun—we do!—but overall, the feelings of fear, worry and guilt always seem to get in the way. I'd like to hear how other families find the fun."
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Posted by Ellen Seidman at 6:38 AM