Parenting a child with special needs is a journey like no other. Each day is a blessing, yet there are times when the challenges can bring you to your knees. The mission of Parent Empowerment Groups is simple, yet incredibly complex: to encourage, educate, and empower parents raising exceptional children and the educators who teach them.
I am Gina Schlicksup, founder of Parent Empowerment Groups, and a mother who shares this Exceptionally Unordinary life with my husband of 15 years and 4 kiddos. Prior to becoming a mom, I was a special education teacher in Texas and Illinois public schools. Now a homeschooling mama, I spend my days creating educational opportunities that meet my kids’ unique needs while coaching others to be an empowered, strong, informed voice for their child.
Knowledge is power. Every child deserves an education appropriate to their individual, unique needs. For some families, like ours, this is very difficult to achieve. This devastating struggle became the driving force behind the creation of Parent Empowerment Groups and my upcoming book Exceptionally Unordinary.
After speaking with educators, and attending meetings as an advocate, it became evident there is a need for professional development opportunities for educators that explore unsolved problems within the classroom. The impact of unidentified hidden disabilities can significantly impact the course of a child's life. Providing opportunities for those in education to learn more about lesser-known disabilities and challenges that can impede a child's progress and lead to challenging behavior is of utmost importance.
Parents and educators, we are better together. By working as a team, we can set all children up for success to achieve the ultimate goal: ensuring each and every child receives a free and appropriate education. #AppropriateForAll
Gina Schlicksup, Founder