Arlene will talk to author, speaker, special needs advocate, and parent Karen Franco regarding the mindsets of supporting children with special needs (especially those on the autism spectrum). Myths about how these children don’t want to fit in or have friends because the truth is quite the opposite. These special children want to be like everyone else and have friends. They just do it differently and may need more guidance and help. We will discuss how best to support, teach, understand, and accept these children and the parents who love them. These are the goals for this episode of Mindset Meets Mastery with Arlene Gale and in the books written by Karen Franco that are perfect teaching tools in school, homes, and anywhere children learn and play.
“Never give up and your child will surprise you. Your child has so much to give. Be grateful for their loving heart.” -Karen Franco
00:50 Children with Special Needs
09:45 Unexpected Turn of Events
18:47 Grappling with the News
24:30 Screening the Information
29:18 Handling Your Biggest Fear
33:22 Every Child’s Place
39:16 Special Needs
43:16 4 Books to Read Today!
51:51 Special Books for Special Seasons
55:12 Never Give Up!
25:32 “As parents, we know our children. Sometimes we’re getting advice from the outside, but it’s important to have self-confidence that you were given this child, to advocate for this child, and to do it because it’s not always easy.” -Arlene Gale
39:54 “When you say special, it’s encompassing kindness that opens up a door to the other world.”-Karen Franco
55:13 “Never give up and your child will surprise you. Your child has so much to give. Be grateful for their loving heart.” -Karen Franco
56:18 “Listen because you’ll be amazed at what your child is trying to tell you. That’s the only way you learn as a parent.” -Karen Franco
57:20 “Smiling at a mother in distress is the best thing you can do. That will make a whole world of difference.” -Karen Franco
Connect with Karen:
Karen Franco was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She followed the journalist’s path and finally ended up in California where her son, Jacob was born. Little did she know that this will be the start of another life-changing journey. Karen now serves as an author, speaker, and special needs advocate. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of a non-profit called Every Child’s Place. Through her books, she helps children and their families understand that it’s okay to be different and encourage them to be a friend to someone who may need a little extra help.