A House for All Children

Chapter 7 - Parent to Parent: Advice from the "Experts"

"We began the research for this book with the assumption that parents of children with disabilities possessed a significant amount of knowledge that would be helpful to families confronting similar situations. Our interviews with the 65 parents and 12 children in the study confirmed this assumption. Many families possessed critical insight and hindsight that allowed them to evaluate their experiences, successes, and mistakes in a way that can be very beneficial to other families.

We tapped into our families' hindsight in two ways. First, we asked parents to review their experiences and tell us if there was anything that they would do differently if they had to do it over again. Second, we asked them if they had any advice to give to other parents facing a similar situation. Since we wanted to see how needs and situations changed over time, we asked parents to do this for each of their children's four primary developmental stages. The following excerpt lists the major areas of advice and offers two helpful quotes from parents."
- Authors


Parents' recommendations and advice covered several major topic areas. These included:

  • The physical environment of the home
  • The location of the home
  • Treatment/care of their child
  • How to treat the child with the disability
  • Obtaining information
  • Equipment/assistive technology
  • School-related advice or strategies

"I would have made changes earlier to the house to enhance independence—like getting in and out."

" Physical therapy helped a lot. It increased my child's strength and enabled him to be independent in wheelchair transfers and other things."

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