From emotional crisis to empowerment: the journey of two mothers

Cain, Melissa and Fanshawe, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7399-7663 (2021) From emotional crisis to empowerment: the journey of two mothers. Infants and Young Children, 34 (3). pp. 225-240. ISSN 0896-3746


Abstract

This article presents the experiences of 2 mothers whose children were born blind. It relates their journey moving from the grief experienced when presented with the unexpected challenges of supporting a child with special needs to a position of empowerment after gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to integrate into their new and reimagined lives. This research addresses the following question: 'What is the role of Early Intervention Specialists (EISs) in supporting parents of children with unexpected congenital blindness?' Using case study methodology, the authors interviewed 2 mothers in Australia, when their children were aged 5 years and again 5 years later to gather a longitudinal understanding of their interactions with EISs. These narratives underscore the critical importance of the specialized knowledge EISs provide in empowering caregivers to take control of their child's therapy needs and advocate for their full participation within educational contexts and the community.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 01:10
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2021 01:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: blindness; early intervention; empowerment; parent-implemented intervention; vision impairment; children; mothers
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420303 Family care
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920202 Carer Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200301 Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160203 Inclusive education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42241

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