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Terri Mauro
BY Terri Mauro

A Special Needs Edition of: “Would You Rather?”

There’s a meme going around with “Would you rather …” and then a pair of equally amusing or challenging or undesirable options. So let’s play! I’ve come up with 20 choices just for parents of kids with special needs. Hope you enjoy!

Would you rather …

… go to ten one-hour IEP meetings or one ten-hour IEP meetings?

… be a fly on the wall in your child’s classroom or school bus?

… have educators just do what you want or have them collaborate with you in a positive and productive way?

… have your child in the perfect inclusive setting or the perfect specialized program?

… have more vacations from school or fewer?

Would you rather …

… have a house that’s 100 percent equipped with state-of-the-art accessibility features or a school?

… win a complete set of parenting books or a complete sensory gym?

… have someone take care of all your insurance negotiations or special-education negotiations?

… have all your concerns proven wrong or be able to say I told you so!!!

… have a magic spell remove your child’s disability or give you complete understanding of your child?

Would you rather …

… have your child exhibit typical teenage behavior or mercifully avoid typical teenage behavior?

… have your child find lots of friends or one special friend?

… reduce your child’s energy level or increase your own?

… find a therapist who understands for your child or for yourself?

… get a vacation away without your child or a vacation to a place that’s friendly to your family?

Would you rather …

… have the perfect comeback for an obnoxious relative or have that obnoxious relative suddenly unable to speak?

… have a long nap or the same period of alone time to do anything you wanted?

… go to a crowded mall with your child or have dental work done?

… have your spouse take over something you do for your child or just express more appreciation for the work you do?

… work hard to make the world we live in an accepting place for your child or start over on a deserted island with only people of your own choosing?

Keep playing! Contribute your own ideas in the comments or on our Facebook page.


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Terri Mauro

Written on November 15, 2016 by:

Terri Mauro is a former blog manager for Friendship Circle and Parenting Special Needs guide for About.com. She is the author of 50 Ways to Support Your Child's Special Education and The Everything Parents Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder. You can read more of her work on her website Mothers With Attitude and listen to her every weekday on the Parenting Roundabout Podcast. Terri has two children with special needs adopted from Russia in 1994.
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