Podcast Episode #24 – A Family’s Experience with Special Needs

Finding What Works

Listen in on another open conversation with Angelle. She’s a mom of 3 children, both adopted and biological, two of whom have special needs.

Angelle shares how the family discovered the special needs and how they were diagnosed over time. A story that many can relate to, Angelle went to countless specialists searching for answers and support.

The kids were in school, then homeschooled, tutored, public, private…. and back to public schools in a new town. The process of hunting down a solution was crushing Angelle.

Once a kind friend pointed her in the right direction, Angelle began educating herself. She stopped searching for how to “fix” the problems and started learning how to best meet her kids specific needs and help support them in their education.

Angelle openly shares the story of her experience and acknowledges the hard work and emotion that is part of this path.

She calls families to be kind and take care of themselves, keep a slow and steady pace, focus on education, advocacy, and growth, find your community and support system, and accept the challenges and the feelings they evoke with grace.

This conversation is extremely helpful to those who are also just starting out on the special needs path. Angelle’s words (and energy) will give you ideas, direction, and a sense of support to hear how one family has navigated their journey.

Resources from this episode:

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide
by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright


Rebecca Thompson Hitt

Rebecca is the founder of The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC, and author of 3 books (Consciously Parenting: What it really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families, Creating Connection: Essential Tools for Growing Families through Conception, Birth and Beyond, and Nurturing Connection: What Parents Need to Know about Emotional Expression and Bonding), numerous classes and recordings, and the former co-host of a radio show, True North Parents.

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