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Adrienne Cane Ilang, MA, MFT - Support For Families, Individuals, and Children
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Why a Support Group?
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Exercise as self care

Exercise as Self-Care
 
It can be challenging to find time to devote to exercise when having such a full schedule with work, children, partners, friends, and family.  Did you know that exercise can be a vital part of self-care?

Research has found that as few as 20 minutes of exercise has a link to increased happiness and feelings of well-being. 
 
Additionally, using exercise as family-time can be a clever way to build excise into your daily life.  Not only are you becoming fit and happy, so are your loved-ones.

“You can help your child by taking care of yourself!”



As parents we are told to believe in making sacrifices for our children. Children are born into this world helpless and completely dependent on us.  We put their needs before our own out of our deep love and our parental duty. 

What if I told you that “by nurturing yourself, you are helping your child”? 

As a parent you are such an integral part of your child’s life.  I like to share this analogy with the families in my practice…

         “You are like a car.

Why a Support Group?

Why a Support Group?
 
Parents with a child with special needs usually have enough on their plate between career, family, and continually advocating for their child's needs to me met at school etc... When  time is stretched so thin, why would a parent even consider committing to yet another activity such as a support group? 
 
The parents I have spoken to throughout the years have shared this same sentiment... "We are doing everything we can do with the little time we have.

Back to School

Going back to school and starting a new school year can be both exciting and stressful all rolled into one.  That goes for kids and parents!  Of course a new grade and a new teacher can be a bit anxiety provoking for kids and they do need some extra reassurance and time to adjust... but some children experience this to a greater degree. 
 
Our children with special needs often are more sensitive to change and tend to thrive on structure, consistency, and predictability.  Starting a new school year and getting back into the swing of things can be a rough time for them and for parents.

IEP Support in the News

The Mercury News featured an impressive article on August 20, also covered in the Contra Costa Times, entitles "Parents can get help with child's individualized education plan." 
 
It is encouraging that information of navigating the maze of the individualized education plan, IEP, is being disseminated to the public in an accessible way.  From
my own experience working with families having a child who is either in need of initial IEP assessment or who are trying to manage the IEP yearly goals and benchmarks, parents are not informed of their rights.

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