A child need not have special needs to require our advocating on his/her behalf or to need our support or intervention with schools, classmates or friends (or friends’ parents depending on the child’s age). I believe it is our responsibility as parents to advocate for our kids of any age when we feel it is necessary and in their best interest.
Most kids with special needs be it learning differences or more, it seems are already being enriched through various therapies, after school activities and perhaps even at school. What kids need most, all kids in fact, is some downtime –
In my coaching practice I work with many moms who parent kids with learning differences and often hear such things as “she’s my ADD child,” “he’s my hyperactive one,” or “he’s my sensory child” and so forth. I always invite these clients, as I invite you today, to ditch the labels as they are not healthy for both kids and their parents.