Do You Set High Expectations for Your Child with Special Needs?
Setting high expectations for your child with special needs
Today, I am talking with Reilly Pelkey, and she’s going to share with us about her son, Clayton, and about setting high expectations.
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As Reilly puts it…
Get out of “protection” mode and get into “potential” mode.
She tells us about a revelation she had… when she realized how her son was being held back from his potential.
I had an “ah-ha” moment this past summer when it appeared to me that parents of children with special needs might not put expectations on their children. I posed this question to a few behavior therapists and professionals who work with our children.
Their answers surprised me… they said less than 10% of the parents they work with really put expectations on their children with special needs.
That information spurred me on to collaborate on an article with Dr. Meme Hieneman about setting (and achieving) high expectations for our children’s success.
Dr. Heineman actually interviewed me in the article “Setting and Achieving High Expectations.” The questions Meme asked made me STOP and think about it, and how, I had set expectations for my daughter. And, I thought it would be interesting to hear from a couple of other parents how and if they set expectations for their children.
So, you will not want to miss the IMPORTANT insight you can gain from hearing Reilly’s experiences with her son.
Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:
- Setting expectations for your child.
- Are you sitting in protection mode?
- Find the correct motivation when reaching for specific goals.
- Realizing your child’s ability to learn, but they need to be taught.
Related: Make sure to read this article: Setting and Achieving High Expectations
Check out these podcast highlights:
- Parent’s different expectations [02:54]
- Moving out of “protection mode”. [04:47]
- Clayton realizes what he wants [09:57]
- Surviving 21 days on a boat with strangers in another country [13:33]
- Reilly’s words of wisdom to other parents [25.46]
Related: [SPECIAL ISSUE]
Links mentioned in this episode:
- A Treasure Coast Driving School
- Dolphin Research Center
- Odyssey Expeditions
- Practiced Routines Positive Behavior Support Training
- Project Access
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