When I first found out that my child had a learning disability, I sat down in front of the computer and didn’t move for days. I was on a mission to find any and every piece of information there was to know about my son’s needs. I wanted to understand and be prepared for every little issue, challenge, and success that he might have.
Since this was over two decades ago, online resources were limited. Most of my information came from health- and education-related articles. While helpful, the articles were technical and cited endless research data. It was difficult to find the kind of information every parent craves—practical, useful, and delivered with the authority that comes from experience.
Fortunately, today’s parents of children with disabilities can access the kind of information I only dreamed of having. Thousands of print, video, and audio files are now online and give listeners access to a vast array of topics. One of my favorite sources of information is podcasts.
Podcasts Provide Portable Information
Podcasts are a type of audio broadcasting found on the Internet. They come in the form of files that can be downloaded or streamed live. Most are similar to talk radio and focus on a theme, such as entertainment, politics, or education.
For busy parents, podcasts are the answer to staying informed. They can be downloaded and listened to at anytime—when you’re in the car to doctor’s appointments, sitting in a therapy waiting rom, and walking the aisles in a grocery store, or folding laundry at home. With the thousands of podcasts available, though, you might spend days looking for the right one.
Since I’m no stranger to the world of podcasting (check me out on The Inclusive Class Podcast and Parenting Roundabout), I can recommend seven podcasts as a resource for parents of children with disabilities. These podcasts touch on topics related to parenting children with physical, developmental, emotional, and intellectual needs. Some are still releasing new episodes and others exist as an online archive of listenable interviews and information just waiting for you. Continue reading here......