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    Catherine Ogden

    One of the hardest things in our careers, at least in my opinion, is that we have to break “bad news” to parents. The news that their child has severe autism, is non-verbal, has intellectual disability, won’t be able to graduate with a diploma, requires a special day class or <span style=”background-color: #f6d5d9;”>residential </span>treatment center and many other panic enduing rough discussions. These are the hard conversations that typically fall on us to discuss with parents in the kindest way possible. How does spirituality come into play here? Has anyone encountered a parent who was resistant until they saw you at a spiritual function? When they overheard you talk about your faith? Did sharing a similar spirituality all of a sudden bridge a gap, smooth feathers, or help ease the conversation?

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