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PALS October 2016 - Caregiver Reaction Upon Diagnosis

PALS Meeting Minutes

October 26, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Lauri Ann West Community Library

1212 Main Street Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Utilizing the articles below we took a look at our own initial reaction to our child's diagnosis and how we moved forward. Everyone's story is different but one thing we all had in common is the idea that although we can easily shift from one "stage" to another, our emotions are not linear. For instance just as our child's needs change through time so do our emotions, our reaction to those changes.

Even if it's been awhile since you have felt guilt, anger, sadness, or denial regarding your child's diagnosis, these articles will be a nice reminder of how far you have come.


Common Parent Reactions to a Child's Learning Disability

You Are Not Alone

Parents' Reactions to Their Child's Disability

Helping Parents Deal with the Fact That Their Child Has a Disability

From Emotions to Advocacy: The Parents' Journey

If a parent is in denial should you intercede?

The Stigma of Special Education

When family members are in denial

Working with Families: Rethinking Denial

12 Ways Denial is (was) a Special Needs Parent's BFF

From Denial to Diagnosis: A Parent’s Journey to Getting Help for Your Child’s Special Needs

Guilt: The Elephant In The Room of Special Needs Parents

You Are Not Alone

Open Forum:

The topic of ADHD and whether a 504 Plan or IEP would apply came up. The following articles brought some light to the subject. We are currently planning a meeting to discuss 504 Plans with Cindy Duch of The Peal Center. Check back for updates on this meeting.

Is A Child with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Education?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

U.S. DOE Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with ADHD

Next Meeting: November 30, 2016, 9:30 a.m. Roots of Faith800 Main Street Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Topic: School Performance Profiles: What does AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) and School/District Report Cards mean to students with disabilities?

#504 #IEPServices #IndependentEducationEvaluation #ESE #PALS #Goals #SpecialEducation #LearningDisability #LearningChallenges #ParentAdvocatesforLearningSupport #learningdisability #diagnosis #IEP

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