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How can parents help their child with a spinal cord injury make the transition to adulthood?

How can parents help their child with a spinal cord injury make the transition to adulthood?

Patricia Mucia, RN

Nurse Care Coordinator, Shriners Hospital for Children - Chicago

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Let go, that's the hardest thing for parents, even without spinal cord injuries, is to let go. Let them have experiences on their own, let them make mistakes. It's very difficult because patients, children with spinal cord injuries, especiall... Show More

Let go, that's the hardest thing for parents, even without spinal cord injuries, is to let go. Let them have experiences on their own, let them make mistakes. It's very difficult because patients, children with spinal cord injuries, especially if you've watched them grow with spinal cord injuries, you tend to be a little bit more involved than you would be if they weren't in a chair. And so, letting go, and letting them make mistakes, can be a safety issue. I think if you treat them with respect, and give them the opportunity to become independent, everything will work out.

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How can parents help their child with a spinal cord injury make the transition to adulthood?

Patricia Mucia, RN

Nurse Care Coordinator, Shriners Hospital for Children - Chicago

More Videos by Patricia Mucia
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Let go, that's the hardest thing for parents, even without spinal cord injuries, is to let go. Let them have experiences on their own, let them make mistakes. It's very difficult because patients, children with spinal cord injuries, especially if you've watched them grow with spinal cord injuries, you tend to be a little bit more involved than you would be if they weren't in a chair. And so, letting go, and letting them make mistakes, can be a safety issue. I think if you treat them with respect, and give them the opportunity to become independent, everything will work out.

How can parents help their child with a spinal cord injury make the transition to adulthood?
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