Raising Special Need Kids: Laura San Giacomo Shares Valuable Lessons From Her Experience With Her Son
It is said that about 3% of kids born in the United States are born with a congenital defect. As if that is not bad enough, it has also been proven that many more kids show such defects as they begin to grow!
While no one prays for such conditions, learning how to deal with it can be really valuable. And Laura San has done an amazing job at sharing her experience along that route.
Meet Laura San Giacomo
The 55-year-old actress is popularly known for her role as Cynthia in Sex, Lies, and Videotape and several other wildly successful movies.
She is also the mother of a now 22-year-old son, Mason Dye.
Her thoughts about birth injuries
After learning that her son Mason was born with cerebral palsy, Laura was completely devastated. And the news of the symptoms and stigma surrounding the disease didn’t make it any easier for her.
She was bombarded with reports of how her boy wouldn’t grow up normally and wouldn’t be able to participate in one activity or the other. But having raised her son for 22 years now, she has come to the conclusion that many of the narratives around raising children with special needs are simply outdated misconceptions.
Laura would recall:
The first thing that someone told me is, ‘Well he’ll never play basketball'.
But just five years later, Mason was playing basketball! So Lauren came to the conclusion that:
… it’s all old, really old projection. It’s all from an old school where kids [with cerebral palsy] were institutionalized.
Major lessons from her experience
If there is any lesson to take away from Laura’s revelation of raising a child with special needs, it is the fact that many of the assumptions that keep most people bound in fear are simply false.
It is also important to note that the attitude of the parents towards the condition can go a long way to help the child cope with the situation.
We are really grateful to Laura for opening up and sharing such deep personal details about her son to enlighten others and help them deal with their kids as well.