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2018 AAO Winter Conf - Balancing Parental Expectations

Credits: None available.

This presentation will first briefly review literature on stages of life adjustment by parents of children with special needs and then cover their expectations related to health care services. Strategies for clinicians in engagement, communication, education, and building a therapeutic relationship will be offered. This presentation will offer clinicians information proven successful in establishing an effective treatment approach beyond the technical aspects of care. Potential scenarios and methods to address them will be a pragmatic part of the session as will a brief review of challenges the speaker has experienced in 40 years of patient care, with both successful and unsuccessful outcomes!

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop relationships with parents of special needs children and better understand their challenges and dreams for their child.
  • Implement strategies to establish a therapeutic relationship that leads to successful and fulfilling outcomes for patient, family and provider.
  • Appreciate the realities of both doing what seems impossible and knowing when not to try.



  • 0.75 - CE

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