Empowerment as a parent of kid with special needs

Mona Delahooke shares advice on how to find empowerment and motivation as a parent of a special needs child.
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Empowerment as a parent of kid with special needs

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I've found that even the most confident parent can feel unprepared for all the decisions that have to be made on the special needs journey. The main thing I tell parents in terms of feeling empowered is to remember that you are still the expert of your own child. Nobody in the world has the heart of love and the intuition that you have about your child. All the professionals on the team are going to need you to guide the team and to let us know how to best help your child. Finding empowerment is about becoming a visible parent and a leader of your child's treatment team.

Mona Delahooke shares advice on how to find empowerment and motivation as a parent of a special needs child.

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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.

Child Psychologist

Mona M. Delahooke, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist specializing in the development of infants, children, and their families. Endorsed by the State of California as a Reflective Practice Mentor, she works with multi- disciplinary teams supporting children with developmental or emotional delays across the country. She is a faculty member/trainer of the Profectum Foundation and the Early Intervention Training Institute (EITI) of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. Currently in private practice in Arcadia, California, she consults with parents, preschools, and school districts in the areas of developmental screening, assessment and intervention for young children and their families. Dr. Delahooke maintains a blog at www.thevisibleparent.com, where she regularly posts supportive information for parents and professionals.

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