The word hope is used a fair amount within the lives of people with disabilities, both negatively and positively. The other week I was reading a blog titled ‘Why do rehab clinicians need training in hope?’ http://bloom-parentingkidswithdisabilities.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/why-do-rehab-clinicians-need-training.html
This blog talked about parent’s hope and how professionals need specific training in this area. It suggested that some parents of disabled children can be in denial and their hope crushed when they receive information about their child’s diagnosis or ability. It also went onto talk about how some professionals feel that it is a bad thing to give hope to parents of disabled children, as they cannot guarantee whether or not the child will be able to live in a certain way.
This shocked me. I have always believed in giving hope to all the parents I have worked with, and I feel it’s important to do this because without hope there is no belief.
I totally feel that you should always have belief in your child, however severe their disability. Within Conductive Education (CE) we believe in only talking about what a child CAN do, as being hopeful and having belief in your child is a key aspect and vision on CE. Without your belief in your child, how can you possibly give them a task that currently they can’t do, if you don’t have hope and belief they can do it?
So that brings us back to our original question, is it a good or a bad thing to have hope and be given hope that your child will be able to do something? I would personally say it’s a good thing. As long as you believe that your child can do it and you take the time to give them every opportunity to learn and practice, then hope is a fantastic thing.
So remember when you’re doing something for your child because it’s “quicker if I do it”, remember that hope and belief and take the time to give your child that opportunity to be able to do it themselves, even if it does take longer!
Thanks for reading!