Living With Disabilities

REBECCA LESTER, MSW, RSW
Individual and Relationship Counsellor
Teens and Young Adults Living With Learning and/or Physical Disabilities

If you are a young person living with learning and/or physical disabilities you probably know what it feels like to be overlooked or misunderstood at school, left out by other people your age including your friends, and sometimes you probably feel like your family just doesn't get you.

I have a lot of experience in this area.  I will work with you to figure out your challenges and strengths and to help you build skills to handle your life and your relationships in ways that work for you.  

We will talk about:
  • ways you can feel better about yourself
  • how to make and keep friends
  • how to explain your challenges to other people
  • difficult family relationships
  • coping with stress
  • managing school or work
  • dating, love, and sometimes sex
  • gaining a little or a lot of independence
  • planning for the future

Siblings of People With Special Needs

I know that being the brother or sister of  a person who has special needs is hard.  Nobody means to forget about you but sometimes your brother or sister needs so much care that you don't feel you get the attention you need.  

I provide counselling and coaching to:
  • help you understand why your brother or sister is different
  • help you explain your feelings
  • help you feel better about yourself
  • come up with plan to explain your brother's or sister's differences to your friends, strangers and people at school
Parents/Caregivers of People With Special Needs

I have worked with so many parents and caregivers in this situation and have gained an understanding of the impact of providing care for children and youth with special needs.  Most of you tend to keep these struggles to yourselves because your friends and family members do not have experience or understanding in this area.  I provide a safe and non-judgemental space for you to discuss your difficult feelings such as anger, grief, and depression.  I also know that those difficult feelings are often accompanied by feelings of pride, joy, and love for your child.

 
Issues that we can address together include:
  • navigating the medical and educational systems
  • coping with relationship/marital strains
  • managing personal health and wellness
  • work/life balance
  • parenting the identified child and sibling(s)
  • building support systems
  • dealing with complex reactions from family, friends and community members

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