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Working with mothers and fathers of children with disabilities: metaphors used by parents in a continuing dialogue

Geert Van Hove (UGent) , Elisabeth De Schauwer (UGent) , Kathleen Mortier (UGent) and Sigrid Bosteels (UGent)
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Within this article we will introduce some metaphors as they were developed and used by mothers and fathers we worked with: the traveller, the warrior, the builder of bridges, the discoverer, the trainer/teacher, the in-between-er, the manager... We will position these metaphors as tools parents are using in their confrontation with normalising discourses of disability and education. In this sense mothers and fathers of disabled children can be seen as 'parents on the margins' from whom we can learn a lot about parenting in general. In that sense the metaphors we will present can be situated as a meta level parents present in their continuing process of reflection on their living together with their children with disabilities.<br />
Nous presenterons, dans le cadre de cet article, quelques-unes des metaphores developpees et utilisees par les peres et meres avec lesquels nous avons travaille: le voyageur, le guerrier, le batisseur de ponts, l'explorateur, l'entraineur/le professeur, l'intermediaire, le manager... Nous considererons ces metaphores comme des outils que les parents utilisent dans leur confrontation avec les discours normalisateurs sur le handicap et l'education. En ce sens, les peres et meres d'enfants handicapes peuvent etre vus comme des 'parents a la marge' aupres desquels nous avons beaucoup a apprendre en termes d'education des enfants en general. Les metaphores que nous presenterons peuvent, en ce sens, etre situees comme un meta-niveau que les parents presentent dans leur processus permanent de reflexion sur la vie commune avec leurs enfants handicapes.<br />
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parenting, children with disabilities, families, metaphors, parent empowerment, DISABLED-CHILDREN, BABIES

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Van Hove, Geert et al. “Working with Mothers and Fathers of Children with Disabilities: Metaphors Used by Parents in a Continuing Dialogue.” EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL 17.2 (2009): 187–201. Print.
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Van Hove, G., De Schauwer, E., Mortier, K., & Bosteels, S. (2009). Working with mothers and fathers of children with disabilities: metaphors used by parents in a continuing dialogue. EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL, 17(2), 187–201. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the European-Early-Childhood-Education-Reseach-Association.
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Van Hove, Geert, Elisabeth De Schauwer, Kathleen Mortier, and Sigrid Bosteels. 2009. “Working with Mothers and Fathers of Children with Disabilities: Metaphors Used by Parents in a Continuing Dialogue.” European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 17 (2): 187–201.
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Van Hove, Geert, Elisabeth De Schauwer, Kathleen Mortier, and Sigrid Bosteels. 2009. “Working with Mothers and Fathers of Children with Disabilities: Metaphors Used by Parents in a Continuing Dialogue.” European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 17 (2): 187–201.
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Van Hove G, De Schauwer E, Mortier K, Bosteels S. Working with mothers and fathers of children with disabilities: metaphors used by parents in a continuing dialogue. EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL. 2009;17(2):187–201.
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G. Van Hove, E. De Schauwer, K. Mortier, and S. Bosteels, “Working with mothers and fathers of children with disabilities: metaphors used by parents in a continuing dialogue,” EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 187–201, 2009.
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  author       = {Van Hove, Geert and De Schauwer, Elisabeth and Mortier, Kathleen and Bosteels, Sigrid},
  issn         = {1350-293X},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL},
  keywords     = {parenting,children with disabilities,families,metaphors,parent empowerment,DISABLED-CHILDREN,BABIES},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Lefkosia, Cyprus},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {187--201},
  title        = {Working with mothers and fathers of children with disabilities: metaphors used by parents in a continuing dialogue},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13502930902951379},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2009},
}

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