“You’ve developed the strength of a draft horse while holding onto the delicacy of a daffodil … you are the mother, advocate and protector of a child with a disability.” -Lori Borgman
It is a blessing to be a mother of a child with special needs. We get the special opportunity to enjoy each baby step our child takes and to truly appreciate and celebrate it! We work VERY hard for every little miracle. Hours of therapy, ABA, IEPs, medical supply orders, forms, bills, and personal sacrifices of time and relationships are common among are circle. Yet, we smile and wake up with a wonderful enthusiasm that each day we may see some special gift emerging from our child.
We don’t work for a high salary, honor, or promotion- instead our child’s smile, some eye contact, a step with the walker, writing his name, or even her grasp on a pencil brings a sense of pride and a joy to us that money cannot buy. A mother of a child with special needs is chosen to advocate, love, praise, support, and appreciate her little one. Our rewards and our sacrifices are truly great, and we should feel proud of ourselves!
To my fellow mamas: I celebrate you and am proud of you! I wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. Keep up the good work. We are in this together.
By- Cara Koscinki MOT, OTR/L
Author of The Pocket Occupational Therapist- a handbook for caregivers of children with special needs. Questions and answers most freqenty asked to OTs with easy to understand answers and fun activities you can do with your child. Order anywhere books are sold. www.pocketot.com