Thursday, December 14, 2006

What Empty Nest

It seems only yesterday that Billy Ray came to us as a bouncing, bubbly 15 months old. Next week he will 24 years old. The "nest" as they say is not empty by any means. He still needs as much daily care and advocating as he did as a child. He still can't be left alone.

In my blog, Parenting a Complex Special Needs Child, we talk about children and many issues apply to adults too. However, it seems important to separate them now as we transition in adulthood. You may want to check out that blog as well because there may be helpful things for your situation and you can see how we got to this point.

It is my hope that we as parents of adults with special needs can chat about our experiences and support each other in this exciting and difficult time. Please do comment and share how your experiences differ from Billy Ray's and mine. That is not only interesting to me but may help other parents at this juncture in the journey with their adult child.

Not all adults can function within existing systems for adult support. Some can function great in assisted living programs, others can live independently or in group homes and still others will not tolerate a group living situation. Whatever the situation there are challenges that we as parents must assist with. In addition, there is the giantic question about what happens when we as parents are no longer able to assist our adult child.

Let's share our journeys and be a support to each other along the way.

Until next time,
Peggy Lou Morgan
Blogs: Amazon Author Connect, Parenting a Complex Special Needs Child and Lighthouse Parents
Websites: Parenting Your Complex Child and Lighthouse Parents
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