Facebook Groups for Special Needs Parents: You Are Not Alone #netde #eduDE

There are several different Facebook groups for different disabilities and parent support on Facebook. For the most part, folks are very willing to lend a helping hand when you have questions or just need support. All of us special needs parents know we will have bad days, and sometimes just that one word of encouragement can give you energy to get you through the rest of the day.

Being a parent of a special needs child is no easy task. It can be demanding and frustrating, and it can sap the energy out of you very fast. I would hate to think there is anyone out there going through it alone. You are not alone. There are many people out there willing to help. I’m not going to sit there and tell you they will come to you. You have to seek them out. For my son’s Tourette’s Syndrome, I go to TIC Talk. I don’t always comment, but I’ll just read other’s posts, and find similarities. Sometimes that is enough for me.

One thing to keep in mind if you do go to these groups, and don’t be alarmed, they are usually closed groups and the administrator may ask what your purpose is for joining the group. Just search for a disability, and you will be shocked at how many groups there are out there. One thing I was taught in a support group I go to, is to take care of yourself as well as your child. Because if you can’t be right, how can you expect to be right for your child?

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

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