a quick introduction, as I rarely post here:
My name is Kathy. I have 3 children who do not have special needs - there are touches of ADHD among my children, and my oldest has a huge case of dysgraphia - but still. All is pretty good, nothing normal accommodations cannot help.
I have a sister who has 2 children (9 and 12, both boys) who have severe autism.
I have had questions over the years and needed support with issues.
I have not felt comfortable posting here, particularly the more philosophical or relationship issue stuff. On practical advice you have rocked
I do think advice might have helped me - a quick example: In the early days of my nephews diagnosis, I gave my sister a lot of advice. I was well meaning, but I now know I was in error. If someone had been able to tell me "can it with the advice" it might have been helpful. My sister, who absolutely is not on MDC, would have appreciate it! By helping me you would have helped a fellow SN parent.
I am fairly certain there is a lot of relationship strife in many extended families with SN issues - helping them helps the SN community as whole. My
So - poll time!
here are the options (if you can think of more, please add):
-a thread devoted to extended families and friends of SN kids/parents would be easy to set up, and gauge if there is any interest at all.
-a subforum may be harder to set up, might not be warranted if there is no interest, but has the bonus of being separate - nothing you are tempted to click on where you see stuff you are not really interested in seeing
-Nothing. MDc should not host discussions on extended friends and family members dealing with SN.