The iADL of Parenting

Parenting with a disability

On Monday the Huffington Post ran an article titled "Disabled Parents Often Lose Custody of Children, Report Finds."

This article provides some quick insight into the legal dilemmas and discrimination that disabled parents face. I was encouraged to find that occupational therapy was mentioned several times as a means for assisting parents with disabilities. I do not recall ever discussing specific OT strategies for the the iADL of parenting in school, and would be curious to know the avenues through which OTs are getting involved in supporting parents with disabilities. 

What an incredible speciality this would be, laden with the need for ingenuity and creativity. As one mother states in the article:

"If you are a parent with a disability, you don't have a role model – you have to figure out how you're going to be a mother and overcome challenges," 

Sarah Lyon, OTR/LComment