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Learning Center Experience
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
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:
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:
Pelletier, P. (2015,
Spring). A parent’s perspective. Children
Our Concern Journal. Retrieved
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