One of the most difficult issues that I have witnessed is a family being in denial of a special needs child's issues. It may not come from the parents themselves, but it could come from a close family member such as a grandparent. I have heard about incidents that a grandparent blamed the child's behavior on being a brat instead of the child's official diagnoses. With some disabilities, it is inherited or genetic in nature. There have been some people in older generations who were mild that went undiagnosed disability throughout their lifetime, and it could make it to them seem like normal behavior or the child being a brat. You could educate them all you want, but it would not make a difference to them at all in their opinion. The best thing to remember in these circumstances is that it is their opinion on the situation, and you agree to disagree about it.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Family in Denial
Dawn Lucan is an educator with 20 years of experience. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Temple University. I write about Special Education, school issues, themed cookbooks, and budget saving tips for families. When she is not working or writing, she enjoys swimming, cooking, and doing yoga.