I will never forget our first IEP meeting for one of our children. We were so grateful to have input from other parents who had already been through the grueling process many times. One friend recommended setting the right tone by bringing treats for the team. Another cautioned not to sign anything in the first meeting. While yet another urged us to bring the psychotherapist to help the team understand the unique diagnosis of PTSD. All of these ideas made the experience go far better than we could have hoped.
~Encourager ~Growing ~Equipped ~Compassionate ~Learner ~Has Boundaries ~Encouraged ~Discrete ~Confident ~Discerning ~Humble ~Mature ~Unashamed ~Pray-er ~Knows limits ~Seeker ~Is dependent on Christ ~Not world-focused, but God focused ~Knows when to ask for help (Using more than 1 word at the end.)
Wouldn't these be wonderful qualities to find in someone willing to come alongside you? What a treasure to build a new ongoing relationship with another parent who may be a step or two ahead of you on this challenging journey. How blessed you and that mentor would be to grow as parents and as children of God. When the road is frightening and the way unknown, your mentor can help show you the way. Wouldn't the validation and encouragement of cheering one another on as we raise these precious kids be refreshing?
We are thrilled to have our first classed of intensely trained mentors ready to take flight. They are each remarkable parents in their own right with much to offer. If you feel that you might like a parent mentor to come alongside you in your life of parenting a child with special needs, give the below program summary a look. If it sounds like something you would appreciate, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will happily pair you with a mentor from this class or from one of the upcoming classes.