Seattle’s Child is proud to partner with the state Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington to honor outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
All month long, we’ll introduce you to Unsung Heroes from around the state: biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofits; some mentor others in their communities. Enjoy their stories.
Allison Coleman, Lynnwood
Allison fiercely loves and supports her three sons.
When I checked in with her after her son was recently diagnosed with ASD, she told me, “I’m not trying to change him and I don’t want him to be forced to adapt to me. I will adapt to him.”
Allison is completely accepting of exactly who her son is, right now at this moment, regardless of how he compares to other children or expectations of society. She exemplifies parental resilience, concrete support in times of need, social and emotional competence of children, and knowledge of parenting and child development and continues to build on them.
Although her son, Greyson, does not yet use words, she is constantly paying attention to the his nonverbal communication and thinks about what he is feeling physically and emotionally, and how this influences his behavior. She puts herself in his shoes and thinks about times she has felt similarly. She seeks the support of Kindering and always comes to providers with questions, concerns or ideas.
Allison advocates for Greyson and always speaks up with how she thinks suggested strategies can be most useful to him. Allison has demonstrated resilience in that she has already gone through difficult times with her sons and has come through an even stronger person. Greyson will turn 3 soon and I will have to say goodbye to this exceptional family; however, I will do so with no concerns for their ability to navigate the future and continue to thrive.
Nominator: Katherine Younger