Applying a Disability Studies Lens to Therapy
with Chelsea Wallaert
In this episode we explore how our ideas about disability – both as a society and as individual therapists – can deeply impact a parent’s relationship with their child and the child’s own view of themselves. Our guest, Chelsea Wallaert, is an occupational therapist and PhD student in disability studies who is deeply passionate about helping parents have more equitable and positive experiences with their disabled kids, especially during early childhood. Before we as therapists can show up fully for our clients, we must be able to identify ableism in our world and in ourselves and start the work to dismantle it. In this episode we talk about how to do just that.
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Recommended reading from Chelsea:
- Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People – Disability Justice Primer
- Dis/ability critical race studies (DisCrit): theorizing at the intersections of race and dis/ability.
- Deploying history to denaturalize the notion of the ‘normal child’.
- Emancipating play: Dis/abled children, development and deconstruction.
- Reconstructing motherhood and disability in the age of perfect babies. Routledge.
- Unexpected: Parenting, prenatal testing, and down syndrome.
- The Palgrave handbook of disabled children’s childhood studies
- Disability studies/not disability studies.
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