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Posted Jun 25, 2002 at 11:45:41 PM
Subject: Parent Interview...

Hello,
I am a student at Miami University, a special education major about to graduate. We are trying to get to know the parent's perspective a little more in one of my classes, and to do so we are required to do a parent interview. If anyone would like to help me out, I only have a few questions, and your answers would be greatly valued (by me and the rest of my class). Of course, this is confidential. Just questions like, what have been the positive aspects of having a child with a disability in your family, what challenges have been faced, how did you learn that your child has a disability, what supports have been helpful....? Please email me, and I will reply with a more complete list of questions.

Thank You!

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Posted:Jun 27, 2002 10:24:45 AM

Go read the posts at the parenting board. You'll get a reality check, alright!

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Posted:Jul 03, 2002 12:58:11 PM

Are you at Miami in Ohio? If so, I am in Cincinnati, so I am close by. Email me and I would be willing to discuss.

Thanks!

C. Ernst

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Posted:Jul 16, 2002 2:48:27 AM

Hi,
I once heard a parent describe having a disabled child as like the planned journey, the trip of your lifetime, that goes wrong. You plan to go to France, learn the language, buy all the equipment that you need, pack your bags anticipate it all, look forward to it eagerly, and finally get on the plane. However, when the plane lands you are not in France, but in Holland. You have all the wrong clothes, don't know the language, haven't got the right equipment and haven't got the right mindset for a holiday in Holland. You had really wanted to go to France after all. You stumble around at first, try to work out why you ended up in Holland when you had booked for France, get angry, disappointed, resentful, try to get out of Holland by any means. Eventually you accept that you will have to stay in Holland and try to make the most of it. When you get home you see others around you who have been to France, they have the pictures, the souvenirs, all the things that you wanted. While you may eventually be happy that you landed in Holland, and that Holland has its good points too, you will always be aware that no matter what happens in the future, you will never get to France. The parent was much more expressive of course, but the thoughts are there. Good luck with your studies.Suzanne Homan wrote:
>
> Hello,
> I am a student at Miami University, a special education major
> about to graduate. We are trying to get to know the parent's
> perspective a little more in one of my classes, and to do so
> we are required to do a parent interview. If anyone would
> like to help me out, I only have a few questions, and your
> answers would be greatly valued (by me and the rest of my
> class). Of course, this is confidential. Just questions
> like, what have been the positive aspects of having a child
> with a disability in your family, what challenges have been
> faced, how did you learn that your child has a disability,
> what supports have been helpful....? Please email me, and I
> will reply with a more complete list of questions.
>
> Thank You!

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