After doing so research and coming up with a research question, I found three articles to be very interesting. These three articles looked at how children and adolescents with disabilities are affected by crisis in the home. These articles looked at how grandparent’s involvement with the children or adolescent either helped or hindered the impact on the child or parents. These articles also focused on how parent occupation influenced how much time they spent with the child or adolescent with disability. This paper will look into the lives of children and adolescents and give an understanding of how children and adolescents as well as their families cope with disabilities.
Crisis in the Home
One might wonder what is the true definition of a developmental disability. A developmental disability is a cognitive, emotional, or physical impairment, especially one related to abnormal sensory or motor development that appears in infancy or childhood, and involves a failure or delay on progressing through the normal developmental stages. Working in the field of psychology I can peruse my goals and dreams of working with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities as a counseling psychologist. I can begin to make a change in the lives of children and adolescents. To me working towards becoming a counseling psychologist means paving the way buy giving these children and adolescents a voice. I want them to be able to communicate to me all their want, needs, and desires without having their parent or guardian be their voice. In the past I have worked with children, adolescents, and even adults with developmental disabilities and these individuals were never able to express how they really felt. There was someone always they to do it for them. I want to be the one to make a change. And for this reason I have decided
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