how to create a sense of independence in your child with a disability

English: Photo of jacket Polski: Zdjęcie marynarki

English: Photo of jacket Polski: Zdjęcie marynarki (Photo credit: Jwitos Wikipedia)

Realizing how much time it takes me to do things that others take for granted it would have make sense for people around me to help. Sometimes for speed reasons, I was helped other times I was left to my own devices.

A reader and parent of a toddler with cp asked if i had any advice. I don’t particularly like giving advice as I realize that my abilities and the abilities may be vastly different. that being said, her question about advice reminded me of a story.

a story of independence: learning to put on my own coat

One day when I was little I decided that I want to go run errands with mom. Being that she was in a rush decided that she would rather leave me at home. But I decided that I wasn’t having it that way, and she found me sitting by the door with my coat on. A skill, that up until that moment my family was unaware that I was able to do independently. Over the years I have found myself surprised at my own abilities and sense and independence.

How do you foster a sense of independence when you require help?

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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