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Thriving in the Midst of Chaos: Parenting With Special Needs Kids


Feb 25, 2021

Episode 78: A Blind View With Guest Ashley Wayne

In this episode, Ashley Wayne discusses parenting children with special needs through the lens of blindness. Ashley was born blind, as were her two older children. Her son also has cerebral palsy. She was initially worried about how she would be able to parent while blind. However, no one else appeared concerned, so she pressed on. She had done some babysitting in the past, and it hadn’t gone well. However, she found successful ways to parent by trial and error. She found that her children being blind actually made learning to parent easier. She found that her own experience was helpful in teaching her children tips and tricks to make living with blindness easier. To help her she uses braille labels, a braille tablet, Facebook groups and support, taking her time, and a screen reader. She has found it helpful for the kids to use a braille typewriter. She copes by enjoying silence, drinking soda, prayer, social support, and dates with her husband. She recommends taking it one day at a time, letting the children go at their own pace, and reaching out to others.

 

Facebook: A Blind View by Ashley Wayne

Shriners hospital

National Federation for the blind

Braille bookstore

 

 

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Show Music:

Intro Outro: Intro Outro 2 by Mattias Lahoud under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org)

Theme Song: 90s rock style by monkeyman535 under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org)

Self Care Song: Green and Orange No Water by Duncan Alex under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org)

 

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