We are forever learning to be better parents to our children, and that is not different when parenting a child with special needs. Occasionally, someone from Sage’s school will ask if we have any tips to respond to a certain trigger or behavior, and outside of bonding over our shared helplessness, at times we’ve got nothing. Sometimes we wing it, probably more often than we would like. While there are certain things we can prepare for, there are always surprises.
1. The unexpected loud space: If we know we’re headed somewhere over-stimulating, we’ll throw a pair of earmuffs or headphones in a purse “just in case.” Yet, there are places we know we don’t need them. Enter mistake number one. Church is a place that isn’t “too loud.” Well, until last weekend. No ear muffs.