February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.
Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.
Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 5
Adrienne Wasserman – Olympia
Adrienne is the mom of three young boys (4, 2 and 5 months). Adrienne and her husband Dan’s oldest son, Will, has Tuberous Sclerosis—a rare genetic condition that causes benign tumors to grow. In Will's case, they are primarily in his brain.
Since day one, Adrienne has been an advocate for her son; she and her husband are both in the medical field but Adrienne has gone above and beyond. She keeps up on the latest research and news in TS treatments, got him enrolled right away in Early Interventions (Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development), attends national conferences on TS, communicates with other parents around the world through social media, and makes sure she is always aware of the latest research and treatments in the community. She also regularly gets advice from other parents.
She understands parenting Will is going to be different than parenting a typically developing child and reaches out to gather supports not only for Will but also for herself. Recently, after recognizing several indicators, she worked with specialists to get Will his autism diagnosis and is already working to find an ABA therapist. Even when spending extended periods in the hospital with Will, she and her husband both maintain a positive attitude and focus on giving Will and their other two boys the best opportunities for a happy and healthy childhood.
Nominator: Deb Low