There are many articles that provide advice to parents about empowering children. An article authored by Phyllis Fagel “On Parenting” published in The Washington Post, does an excellent job addressing some of the unique challenges that parents may have with a child that has learning differences.
Phyllis is a licensed clinical professional counselor and author. We think she has some worthy insights and shares some valuable advice. Phyllis delivers nine ways parents can support and empower their child.
- Treat kids as the expert in their lives
- Partner with their school
- Identify the correct issues
- Don’t ignore the social elements
- Change what you do first
- Capitalize on your kid’s strength & interests
- Model self-advocacy skills
- Take the “I do, we do” approach – Don’t overcompensate
- Be direct but sensitive
The explanation that Phyllis provides for each of these is a worthy read and will likely resonate with parents of kids that learn differently. Her counsel for parents who may hold disappointments about their child’s limitations, is to work out their own issues first so that they will be able to provide the calm and empathy that can make a huge difference in their interactions with their child.