Devereux’s Rayni Brindley writes letter to fellow parents of children with special needs
By Rayni Brindley, M.Ed., BCBA – Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Senior Vice President of Organizational Development. Rayni is the mother of a 7-year-old child on the autism spectrum.
Dear Families and Caregivers:
I wanted to check in on you, because if you are like me, I know you need it during these challenging and uncertain times.
Coping with public health emergencies, like COVID-19, is overwhelming, but for those of us caring for a child with special needs who is home due to school and program closures – without his or her typical day-to-day supports – stress has hit an all-time high. Add in working from home; caring for other children or family members; and attempting to homeschool … well, the pressure is really on.
As we navigate this new world together, it is important to remember: There is no way to be perfect right now (or ever, for that matter), but there are some steps you can take to stay safe, healthy – and calm – during this crisis.
The most important thing I want to remind you of is this: We are all in this together, and we will make it through this together.
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