Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Parents and their Role of Transition by Amalia Starr

November is MSAAFinc month devoted to the transition from childhood to adulthood. When I think of transtion I think of Amalia Starr! And am extremely excited to welcome Amalia Starr, who has kindly agreed to be our guest blogger for the month of November.

Amalia Starr is a Mother, an Autism Family Consultant, Motivational Speaker & Author of Raising Brandon: Creating a Path to Independence for Your Adult “Kid” with Autism & Special Needs.

Parents and their Role of Transition

Who is dong the transitioning, the children or the parents? Ideally we would all be transitioning together along the way. How can we help our children grow and develop, if we aren’t growing and changing ourselves?

As we raise our children, especially, children with special needs we must be the best we can be. As parents, we lead the way and we hold the key to our children’s future. As we continue to transition, we become more evolved human beings in the process, and the healthier we are emotionally the more we have to give. The better we feel about ourselves the more we can help our children. When we parent this way the entire family wins.

My thirty-six year old son, Brandon has Asperger’s, untreatable epilepsy, and severe learning disorders. He has achieved what professionals believed to be impossible: he has been living on his own for the past twelve years, enjoying his independence.

Independence is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. Although living alone may not be an option for every child, helping one’s child to live the best life possible is every parent’s dream.

Independence comes in all shapes and sizes. Our children are transitioning all the time. We may not notice it unless we stay focused on the small, tiny things our children can do. Try not to compare your children with others. Praise them for what they do. Focus on seeing the positive instead of the negative.

Find ways to take time out for yourself, and bring laughter and joy into your life. As parents, we set the tone within the family unit. We must get help, assistance, and support from people who care and understand our children. We don’t need to do this alone. There are people who truly want to help. Welcome them in, and allow them to assist and support you. The better you take care of yourself, the more you have to give, and help your children reach their full potential.

I encourage you to contact her so you can learn more about all she does!
AmaliaStarrSpeakerAutism website.
autismmomexpert twitter

The MSAAFinc would like to thank Amalia Starr for her time and love!
Please stay tuned for our Q&A with Amalia Starr coming up later this month!

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