We are proud to share with clients who have special needs children two important resources:  Learning to Feel Good and Stay Cool: Emotional Regulation Tools for Kids with AD/HD by John's wife, Judith Glasser, Ph.D., with co-author Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.; and, Learning to Be Kind and Understand Differences: Empathy Skills for Kids with AD/HD, with co-author Jill Menkes Kushner, M.A. Each book is illustrated with cartoons that will hold children's interest, and is divided into sections that can be read in smaller portions; notes and resources for parents are also included. 

 

 

Accommodating Special Needs

Our experience

John and Donna bring special experience and sensitivity to working with families in which children or parents have learning disabilities, ADHD, or other special needs.

John and his wife, clinical psychologist Judith Glasser, Ph.D., have presented workshops at major professional conferences around the US and Canada to train mediators to help special-needs families succeed in divorce mediation.

Donna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from the University of Michigan, and has extensive experience working with special-needs children.

Creating parenting plans for children with special needs

We are familiar with the kinds of challenges faced by parents of children with special-needs, as well as with relevant terminology. We have helped many separating and divorcing couples to develop effective parenting plans for children with learning disabilities, ADHD, or Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Accommodations for clients with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders

Based on our experience, we have implemented a number of important accommodations in our mediation practice for parents/spouses with special needs:

  • We take the initiative in helping clients stay organized as they advance along the mediation process. For example, during the orientation session, we provide clients with a customized binder to make it easier to keep track of the paperwork (financial disclosure documents, etc.) that accumulate during mediation.

  • We are attentive to different learning styles, asking clients how they learn best—visually, through hearing things explained, kinesthetically, etc.—and making it our business to communicate in a manner that responds to their needs and preferences.

  • We do the work of mediation at a pace that fits with clients’ needs.

  • Finally, there is no shaming in our office. We are aware that people with learning disabilities or ADHD often have been criticized, as children and as adults, by people who did not understand the true nature and impact of these conditions. That experience will not be repeated here.

Wheelchair Accessiblity

Our office building is wheelchair-accessible from both the street and from the free underground parking garage. If wheelchair accessibility is an issue for you, please let us know that when you schedule your initial appointment, and we will explain to you how to reach the wheelchair-accessible parking spaces and how to comfortably reach our suite.



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