‘Tribe’ meets needs for special-needs children


By Samantha Kilgore/Feature Writer

Every group has its name: A group of geese is a gaggle, a group of horses a herd, a group of singers a choir.

So what do you call a gathering of parents of children with special needs?

A tribe.

Under the direction of area mom Kimberly Scott, parents of kids with special needs in Clay/Ray counties have come together to share tips, tirades, triumphs, resources and, perhaps most importantly, solidarity.

Parenting a child with special needs, whether developmental, physical, medical, or intellectual, can be taxing on a number of levels — financially, emotionally and socially. Being able to connect to other parents who understand those challenges is a positive experience for many.

Scott, the mother of a child with autism, started the group after several people reached out to her for advice after their own children received diagnoses.

“It’s a pretty scary and confusing time to go through, especially not knowing anyone or about resources in the area,” Scott said.

The group – which has about 50 members – operates through a Facebook page, where members share stories, reach out for advice, and share resources.

“My vision for the group is to have a place to reach out with questions, and meet others locally who are going through similar experiences, and make it easier to find local resources,” Scott said.

A tribe is defined, in part, as a social division in a traditional society consisting of families linked by ties, with a common culture. To make a connection with this tribe, and become a member yourself, reach out via Facebook at Ray/Clay MO Special Needs Parents Support.

The complete version of this story appears in the Friday, June 22, 2018, print edition of The Richmond News.

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