Episode 37: Raising a Resilient Teen who has Special Needs, with Jackie Jackson Daley

September 27, 2017

Jackie Jackson Daley is the mother of two boys ages sixteen and eight. Her older son has multiple special needs resulting from early surgical trauma, including a diagnosis on the spectrum as well as Tourette’s, cerebral palsy, PTSD and global cognitive delays. She has spent the sixteen years working to advocate for her son in the world.

Jackie received her B.A. in psychology from Stanford University in 1995 and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2001.

She has spent the past 15 years as a sex educator, working to normalize and demystify sexuality. She also has experience in somatic and neurological work as an Anat Baniel Method practitioner (based on the Feldenkrais Method).

Jackie is a certified Somatica® Method practitioner and is in private practice as a Sex and Relationship Coach.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Lucas: Jackie’s 16-year-old son with special needs
  • Finding the ability to push through when the feeling of “this is as good as it’s going to get” starts to set in
  • The importance of a great relationship with a special needs child
  • The abundance of information out there for new strategies to try with a special needs child
  • Finding support and resources through social media
  • The personal search for the resources to help your family
  • Listening to your child when they want independence — whether they’re special needs or not
  • Jackie’s experience letting Lucas go away to camp for a week
  • Giving special needs teens the ability to be a role model
  • Why you need to let people help you out