• Parent's Perspective

    Patti Pelletier Publishes “A Parent’s Perspective” in Children Our Concerns 2015 Spring Edition

    Kaplan University academic chair Patti Pelletier is an educator but also a parent of a child with a disability.  In the 2015 Spring Edition of the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children’s Children Our Concern journal, Patti shares her perspective from her personal and professional experience in an article titled “A Parent’s Perspective”.  

    Patti wrote the article to help others understand the different stages of adjustment that parents of a child with a disability may experience. She also wanted to provide tips to help parents with children with disabilities get through the different stages of adjustment.  In addition to helping parents, Patti shares tips for teachers so that they can better understand and support parents of children with disabilities. 

    In providing her perspective, Patti explains from her personal experience the different stages she went through when she learned her son had special needs.  She reviews the five different stages of adjustment she went through that included denial, guilt, depression, fight, and acceptance.  She notes that parents may go through the stages differently, but many share similar experiences.

    Parents and educators who read the article can gain an understanding of the different stages parents of special needs children may encounter.  Patti offers the following tips for parents of children with disabilities:

    • research the diagnosis
    • write about their experience
    • reach out for support
    • take time for yourself,
    • bask in the joy of small successes
    • remember that you are a good parent (Pelletier, 2015)

    She also offers tips for teachers when working with or speaking to parents of children with disabilities such as being mindful of words, understanding if the parent has accepted the child’s disability, and respecting what adjustment stage the parent is in.

    Teachers and full time students who are members of the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children can visit the following website to read the article in its entirety at:  http://www.flaeyc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65&Itemid=76.



    Pelletier, P. (2015, Spring). A parent’s perspective. Children Our Concern Journal. Retrieved from http://www.flaeyc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65&Itemid=76

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