In this month's guest post, Rene Averitt-Sanzone—a mother of 2 children with disabilities—discusses the benefits of Parent Centers.
Who you gonna call? For those of us who are old enough to remember the movie Ghostbusters this question may have given you a chuckle, but knowing who to call when you are a parent of a child with a disability is not always so easy to figure out. Being a parent alone can send chills down your spine as you are trying to figure out your squirming bundle of joy, but now imagine you have a child with special needs. Yes, the unbounding love is still there, but all of a sudden there is this new language to understand – IFSP, IEP, PLP, Medicaid, ASD, ADD/ADHD, durable medical equipment, LEA, OSEP – just to name a few. I could go on forever with this lingo and the scariest part is I understand every single term!