Syona during a therapy workshop. I love the fact that Syona is so proud of herself (she just pulled to a stand).
My 2.5-year-old daughter has an entourage. With more than a half dozen doctors, nurses and therapists, a respite worker and probably a few more professionals that I am forgetting, "Team Syona" is pretty big.
We’re lucky that we have really positive relationships with all of these people. It’s one of the few things that keeps life running smoothly.
I’ve had the opportunity to connect with many parents online, and on Friday I had a chance to meet even more parents and professionals at a conference held at WindReach Farm — a fully accessible farm designed for people of all abilities and ages. It’s close to Toronto, the surroundings are beautiful and the people are amazing. I promise I’ll write a full post about it when I go back to visit with Syona. Actually, I could probably write about 20 blog posts inspired by the conference. It was an incredible day.
I was really honoured when I was asked to participate in the conference. My workshop was focused on the parent perspective, so I decided to focus on how to build effective relationships with your child’s team. Most people attending were professionals, so the presentation was focused on sharing some insights with them. However, most of these tips can also be applied to the parent side of the relationship, too.
There have been occasions where we've had professionals involved in Syona’s care that just weren’t a good fit, so we went through the proper channels and found someone more suitable. It was never anything personal, just a process that we needed to go through to ensure we had the proper support in place.
I really have to thank some of my online parent support communities like Ability Online and Three to Be’s Parenting Advocacy Link for helping me with the presentation. The parents that are members of these communities provided their insights so I could share them during the presentation. Though this post is written from the parenting side of the coin it is important to note that therapists and professionals can also use the above tips. They work for anyone, and they are all about communicating.
I’d love to hear your tips on how you built strong relationships with your child’s team. Tweet me @AnchelK.