Special Needs Families
Supporting Parents of Children
with Special Needs
There are many ways to define "special needs," and for purposes of Eileen's clinical work with families, it is defined as a family system that is experiencing the challenge of a neurological, emotional, behavioral, developmental, or physical disability.
Research and experience tells us that parents of children with these special needs are at higher risk for depression and anxiety, due to the exposure to chronic stress that often accompanies this unique parenting journey. It also highlights the need for these parents to access consistent support for themselves to help reduce stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
Eileen works with each individual parent to understand their experience, so that plans can be developed with the goal of establishing regular self-care practices, managing emotional turmoil currently being experienced, and reducing relational stresses that are frequently present in the family system.