A DRAVET DIAGNOSIS: FROM DEVASTATION TO TRANSFORMATION
MY JOURNEY PARTNERING AND PARENTING
I could not have written a more “perfect” tapestry of life experiences to prepare me for my life today. When I really sink into this idea,
I smile. This doesn’t mean that life is easy.
I have my days, my moments when I feel overwhelmed, scared, confused, sad, angry, grief stricken, lonely, or sorry for myself. Thankfully, though, these feelings come and go and I return to a more steady, hopeful, and energetic state of being.
My name is Ashley Wood, and I am 46 years old. I have been married to my husband for 15 years and together for 17. We have 3 children, our son, Owen, age 12, and our twin (fraternal) girls, Mimi and Piper, age 9. Piper has Dravet syndrome, a severe and intractable form of childhood epilepsy.
THE LAB METHOD:
A PRACTICAL WAY TO PARENTING
As parents, we all want to feel connected to our kids. But it’s not always easy. Especially for those of us who have a child with special needs. Which is why I often recommend The LAB Method to parents I meet who are striving (but struggling) to build secure connections with their children. You see, what makes The LAB Method unique is that it offers specific language for parents to use, borrow, and make their own—language designed to help them relate to their children more easily. Personally, armed with the principles of The LAB Method, I find myself more able to move through the many sticky moments we face in everyday parenting, partnering, and relating.