During the research phase of writing Different Dream Parenting, a resource that continually rose to the top was Judy Winter’s book, Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs. Winter also has a blog, www.winterramblings.com, where she occasionally posts resources of interest to parents of kids with special needs.
Recently, she posted these ten tips for professionals working with families like ours. They are so good, I’m reproducing them here, with Winters’ permission. If you want to pass them along, please do. But please credit Judy Winter author of Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations.
Judy Winter’s Tips for Working with Families of Kids with Special Needs 1. Remember –children with special needs are PEOPLE FIRST! Try not to define them or their families by disability. Use people’s names.
2. Avoid use of limiting labels and outdated terminology. Words are mighty powerful-be careful how you choose them and how you use them. Would what you are saying or doing would be good enough for your own child/family? Be sensitive to the fact that you are talking about someone’s child/sibling/grandchild, etc.