Raising Children with Disabilities

Raising Children with Disabilities

Parents / Families

Our Approach

Common Problem Areas

How Can We Help?

8 weeks Meeting Bi-weekly: Wednesdays 4PM-5PM
Ages: Parent(s) of a child or children aged 0-18 years old
6-8 Members

Purpose of the Group: The purpose of this group is to provide parents of a child/children with Autism, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Physical Disability, Extreme Illness, Down Syndrome, and other disabilities a safe, supportive, and encouraging space. Discussions and exploration of different challenges and experiences unique to parenting a child with special needs will be the focus during group meetings. Throughout the 8 weeks, group members will work on understanding the unique challenges, experiences, feelings, and triumphs that arise when parenting a child/children with disabilities, as well as how to be an advocate for your child while also focusing on self-care, time management, and creating a support system for yourself.

Group Structure: All group sessions will begin with an open discussion for group members to share thoughts, updates, progress, and/or setbacks about the previous week. Group members are encouraged to share only to the extent that they feel comfortable. Each week a new topic and discussion prompt is presented by the group facilitator, along with an activity. To end the group session, members will summarize the week’s topic, discuss goals to work on before the next meeting, and are encouraged to participate in a short mindfulness exercise. Group structure is subject to change based on group members’ needs during sessions.


Week one: Introductions and Group Expectations

  • Get to know you/Icebreaker activity
  • Create group rules and expectations as a group
  • What do you hope to accomplish/What made you decide to join the group?

Week Two: Challenges and Experiences

  • What are the challenges you are currently experiencing or have experienced in the past with your child/children?
  • What experiences have you had that are unique to being a parent to a child/children with a disability?
  • Activity based on group

Week Three: Feelings as a Parent

  • Common feelings include guilt, shame, isolation, frustration, etc.
  • When do you find yourself feeling this way?
  • Affirmation activity

Week Four: Obstacles and Triumphs

  • What are some obstacles both you, your family, and your child/children face?
  • What are ways you have overcome these obstacles in the past?
  • What are ways your child/children have surprised you with their achievements?
  • Parenting win activity

Week Five: Being your Child’s Advocate

  • What does advocating look like in different situations (school, doctors, family members, outside agencies, insurance companies, etc.)?
  • How to get help (resources and parent suggestions)
  • Role play activity

Week Six: Self Care and Time Management

  • How do you take time for yourself?
  • What does a normal day look like for you, your family, and your child/children?
  • Time management skills
  • Self-care toolbox activity

Week Seven: Support System and Maintaining Relationships

  • How are your family, friendships, and romantic relationships affected?
  • Identifying self vs. being a parent
  • Building a healthy support system activity

Week Eight: Summary

  • Discussion of take aways and skills
  • What to do if problems arise
  • Feedback about the group

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