Empowering Parents of Children with Special Needs to Create Effective Changes

By  Dr. Cecilia Scott-Croff

This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series was written by Dr. Cecilia Scott-Croff, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC).In the article, she address her encounter parents and professionals who inquire about her journey of parenting a child with autism.  As she states. “Some days I’m ready to talk for hours. Other days I cannot complete a sentence. My son’s diagnosis has created a mix of emotions.  At the onset, I was frightened, anxious, angry and confused.  Professionally I wonder all the time about what to say to parents after they disclose their child (ren’) diagnosis.  How do I support them? What resources should I provide? Am I the right person to talk to them?  Am I overwhelming them by talking too much?”


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