Parents of children with special needs and those with learning differences face unique challenges. It can be a daily struggle to handle the many roles, responsibilities, and still keep life manageable, balanced, and yes, even joyful.
Children with special needs and their families require professionals who have specific training and expertise. I am a clinical social worker, coach and a special needs Mom, as a result I am knowledgeable about most resources in the areas your child may need.
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What is Grande Parenting Solutions?
Parent Coaching Improves the Well-Being of the Whole Family
Are you struggling to be the best parent possible for your child? When a child has a developmental, social, emotional or learning challenge everyone in the family is affected. Parent coaching starts with you, the parent and supports you and your partner on the journey of raising a child with unique needs. Parent coaches provide tools and strategies to help you and your family thrive. Coaching may be an alternative or supplement to traditional therapy, focusing on sustainable daily routines and practical solutions.
I am a parent of two children with special needs and live with the same challenges as you, I share your fears and joys and celebrate the small ‘wins’ our children make. I have years of experience working with families with special needs, including my own. I understand how tough it can be to navigate the systems to find the best help for your child. My role is to support you and your family as you learn to manage school/homework, and social issues, as well as cope with outside pressures from extended family and the community. Allow me to help you, so you may help your child.
You know your family best. I can offer a fresh perspective, and help you problem solve as someone who has been in the same trenches with my own family, and who has helped others find their compass.
A few areas a parent coach can help you and your family:
- Navigating systems: Working with teachers, doctors and specialists, or choosing the best school or provider, can be challenging. Coaches walk you through the process, finding strategies that ensure the best outcome for your child.
- Negotiating differences: Parents often disagree about treatment options or how to handle behavior challenges. Family coaches help you identify shared values, understand your differences, and forge a unified team.
- Balancing children’s needs: It’s not easy being the sibling of a special needs child. Siblings may feel invisible, resentful, or overly responsible. Coaches help you build routines that meet the needs of all your children.
- Finding time for Self Care: Coaches help you find ways to nurture yourself and strengthen the relationships that support you, increasing your reserves of energy, and help you find joy.
I am delighted to work with parents of children with or without special needs who are seeking parent coaching.
“Time spent with Shari Grande is an absolute “must” if you are a parent of a child with a learning difference or special needs. Shari did a wonderful job helping our family navigate the infinite facets (good and bad) of our new world. She is a wealth of knowledge, caring and warm. Our conversations were always insightful, comprehensive, educational and fun. I felt much more equipped to deal with my son, the medical community and our school district after time spent with Shari. I highly recommend GPS and Shari Grande to any parent struggling with any aspect of special needs parenting.”
Shari listens. She is full of excellent resources and recommendations. It is one thing to study about LD and children, and another to actually live the life, walk the walk, talk the talk. Shari really “gets it”.