Do You Have a Child With Special Needs?
Has your child or loved one been diagnosed with:
- Physical, emotional or learning disabilities
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Cerebral palsy
- Visual or auditory impairment
- Communication or behavioral disorders
- Sensory disorders
- Health issues like celiac disease or epilepsy
If so, you may find a wealth of resources available for your family member – but far fewer resources for families of children with special needs.
Having a child with special needs brings incredible rewards to a family — it can also bring a unique set of challenges. Each family must come to terms with their own stressors and coping mechanisms. There is no one right way to manage them.
The assigned roles and routines of every family member will shift as the special needs child goes from infancy to adolescence and beyond. Therapy for family members can help them negotiate their place in the family structure and can help them gain the confidence they need to ensure their needs are met.
Treating Families of Children With Special Needs
My goal is to use therapy to improve the quality of life for both the siblings and parents of loved ones with special needs. My extensive experience in the school system, working with children with special challenges, offers me a unique perspective on how to meet this group of clients’ diverse needs.
My combined 16-plus years of experience as an educator and a Chicago therapist let me develop realistic, attainable solutions to enhance family stability and improve dynamics. I have seen first-hand how challenging it can be to parent a child with special needs, and I understand how important support and resources for families of children with special needs are.
During family therapy, we will strive to:
- Help you develop effective support systems
- Learn ways to better provide positive and loving environments for each family member
- Become prepared to manage future health or emotional stressors
- Balance the requirements of the loved ones with special needs with those of the family
- Provide resources outside the therapeutic setting that the family can use
- Reduce the sense of isolation and feeling of being overwhelmed that many families experience
My training on the Internal Family Systems Model helps me understand how family members interact with each other and offers opportunities to promote internal connection and harmony. My extensive experience in the school system also gives me valuable insight into providing special education supportive services, such as developing and executing individualized education programs (IEPs) and 504 plans and providing educational advocacy services.
Therapy helps family members transform their extreme roles into healthy ones, promoting healthy relationships among all family members. Because I understand the value and contributions of each family member, I am uniquely positioned to provide quality services to this special population.