Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 64.4 Fall 2019

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 64 Issue 4 63 DeEtte L. Snyder, PhD; Outreach Director for EI/ECSE; Washington State School for the Blind; DeEtte.Snyder@wssb.wa.gov A phenomenological research study was conducted to explore and identify the shared experiences between mothers of children with visual impairment (VI) as it relates to the supports they give and receive from each other. The central phenomenon was defined as the particular type and use of informal social support exchanged between mothers of children with a range of disabilities, known as parent-to-parent social support. Six mothers were interviewed; each a parent of a child with VI and additional disabilities. The interviews followed a semi-structured conversational format with questions focused on the feelings of parenting competency before and after the connection to another parent, types of support received (emotional, instructional, informational), types of support preferred (in person or online, local or national, structured or casual), and perceived benefits of support on parenting confidence and resilience. The Momma Bear and Bootstraps: Using Poetry to Represent the Power of Parent to Parent Social Support

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