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What’s the best advice for family members who are primary caregivers of a child with a spinal cord injury?

What’s the best advice for family members who are primary caregivers of a child with a spinal cord injury?

Dawn Sheaffer, MSW

Social Worker/Director of Social Services, Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia

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I think that all family members need to have a break, and even just as a parent of child that doesn’t have significant health concerns. You need to be able to step away to refresh yourself so you can then get back and give your all. I think we’re... Show More

I think that all family members need to have a break, and even just as a parent of child that doesn’t have significant health concerns. You need to be able to step away to refresh yourself so you can then get back and give your all. I think we’re also modeling for our children that they can trust other people, that they can allow other people to be a part of their lives, and feel safe. And I think that’s part of the road to independence, encouraging children to feel safe and be able to accept care from other people other than their parents.

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What’s the best advice for family members who are primary caregivers of a child with a spinal cord injury?

Dawn Sheaffer, MSW

Social Worker/Director of Social Services, Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia

More Videos by Dawn Sheaffer
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I think that all family members need to have a break, and even just as a parent of child that doesn’t have significant health concerns. You need to be able to step away to refresh yourself so you can then get back and give your all. I think we’re also modeling for our children that they can trust other people, that they can allow other people to be a part of their lives, and feel safe. And I think that’s part of the road to independence, encouraging children to feel safe and be able to accept care from other people other than their parents.

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