7 Tips for Being a Friend to a Special-Needs Parent

Today, I’m honored to be guest posting for WhattoExpect.com.  

Three years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy we named Callum. He was, and continues to be, a joy to us. But, shortly before he turned a year old, I began to notice the telltale signs of autism. We soon were thrown into the world of developmental therapies, specialists, and ESE. It was a frightening time of worry for his future and adjusting to a reality not quite like the one we had envisioned. And, though we adore him and wouldn’t trade him for the world, his needs have certainly affected every part of our lives. One of the things I wouldn’t have expected it to affect was my friendships. But it did. Some of the people I expected to be there weren’t. And some people I never expected to be there were. Often, I have noticed a hesitation or awkwardness on the part of friends who just don’t know what to say or do. I know they care. And I know they mean well. They are, quite simply, at a loss.

Here is what I would like to say to them and others like them, if they were to ask how to be a friend to a special-needs parent:  Continue Reading…

2 thoughts on “7 Tips for Being a Friend to a Special-Needs Parent

  1. Jim Reeve

    I think parents like us are very understanding. And we aren’t judgemental of others because we realized the hard way that everyone is special no matter what.

  2. Valerie

    Hi Leigh. i found your blog through About Special Kids (Indiana) enewsletter. i would like to share this on my own blog. And i will be adding you to my blogroll – love the way you’ve made that a separate page!
    You are doing a great job here, and definitely have a way with words.

Comments are closed.