PARENT SUPPORT SERVICES
As a parent, it is not easy to suddenly be dependent on the advice of others to raise your child. However, since there are so many treatment options, it can help to have the advice, experience and support of a team that you trust and who will be patient with you as you make decisions for your child. This team can consist of a variety of people: family members, friends, social workers, therapists, teachers, classroom aides and medical specialists.
It can be extremely helpful to speak with a professional to not only discuss your child’s challenges, but also to strategize and ensure that your own needs are being met.
Remember: you are the primary advocate and decision maker.
“She is a tree of life for those who hold fast to her, and happy are those who support her.”
The Greater Atlanta Jewish Abilities Alliance (JAA) Parent Listserv (formerly the Amit Parent Listserv) is a great way to connect with other parents who have navigated the same system and challenges. The JAA Parent Listserv is also a great venue for finding resources and recommendations in a non-threatening environment.
FOCUS + Fragile Kids offers parent support groups, workshops and a newsletter for parents to share information and resources in the community.
Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership helps families and schools work together to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
You can also contact Georgia Parent to Parent, which offers a variety of services to Georgia families of children with disabilities. Your parent partner can offer advice and assistance, and also serve as a sounding board for your concerns and frustrations.