Mother of child with special needs reaches out to help others

WARREN, Mich. – Keith Bovenschen School serves 300 students, ranging in age from 3 to 26 -- all with some form of cognitive impairment.

A disruption to normal life is a particularly difficult challenge for them.

Melanie Pearson is a teacher at Bovenschen. She said the students are having a hard time understanding why they aren’t in school.

All students do better with a structure, routine and consistency and now they have this variation.

As a mother of a child with special needs, Pearson speaks from experience. She said the one thing children do understand is stress and fear in their parents -- even if it’s not expressed.

RELATED: Expert gives advice on how to cope with anxiety amid the coronavirus outbreak

But Pearson said this time also presents an opportunity to have fun with their children -- which also helps lower stress for the parent too!

You can hear from Melanie Pearson and watch Steve Garagiola’s full story in the video posted above.

If you are a family of a special needs child and would like to reach out to someone for advice, information or just to talk, click here.

About the Authors: