Teenage Personal Development: Cerebral Palsy "Reaching Out" Stories

By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert

Teenage personal development is the central theme of Little Book 3, which includes seven transformation stories about my struggle to reach out as a high school student with cerebral palsy (CP).

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Little Book 3: All about reaching out to others

Here's why you need to read this eBook. You get:

  • Riveting transformation stories
  • Quick read
  • Expert advice
  • Potential pathways
  • Mainstream orientation

Now is the time to resolve interpersonal communication issues with your high school student.

The steps you take now to help your youngster relate effectively with others will help him or her be ready to find meaningful work and build an enjoyable life.

Stories for mentoring your own youngster

These are seven personal-experience stories (and seven learning experiences) about how I developed the ability to reach out effectively to others – an attribute essential to eventually building a meaningful career.

During the 1960s, I didn’t have an opportunity to tell my mom about those experiences.

They are stories which now, decades later, may help you mentor your own youngster.

Story 1 - “Just Along for the Ride”

Story 2 - “Preferences”

Story 3 – “Tangled Motivations”

Story 5 – “Necessary Expediency”

Story 6 –  “Beyond Boundaries”

Story 7 –  “Blind Discovery”

The series of Little Books: Get all 7

There are actually seven quick career-insight Little Books for parents of youngsters with CP

Each of the seven Little Books takes about 40 minutes to read.

Each illustrates and summarizes the essential career builders for your youngster’s age group – all through seven transformation stories about my personal experience as a person with CP.

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Excerpt from story 1

"Wouldn't you rather have a Buick?" Lisa flippantly sang out as her blond hair whipped in the wind from the open car windows.  She gave off a throaty laugh and down shifted her new '78 Regal as we approached a herd of Holsteins crossing the gravel road.

Yes, I was with a blonde in a new Buick. My dream of being with a sharp girl who understood me was coming true. My spirit soared in the spring air.

But, at the same time, something about Lisa troubled me. Perhaps she was too flippant, too carefree. Was she really interested in me? Or, was I just along for the ride?

Review of Little Book 3

"Jim illustrates stories of growing up with rich, visual imagery and real human emotions. You'll be captivated.

"With each of the seven stories, you'll find two reflective sections: 'The Issue,' which clearly identifies and defines emotions and 'My Resolution,' a series of significant stepping stones for moving forward (including skills, a framework for understanding today's work and workplaces, and core elements for building team, personal and work relationships).

"You'll resolve to help others navigate and clarify their own transitions by using the insights, tools and templates Jim demonstrates in 7 Transformation Stories: Little Book 3 (Career-coaching Series) about Reaching Out for Parents of High School Students with Cerebral Palsy .

"One other thought: This eBook also applies to people in general, especially to young people going through the pains of finding themselves. The insights into the CP impact are significant in giving enlightenment. But, I will also use them to guide conversations with our younger family members who are transitioning through life's lessons."

Amber Culver
Employment & Training Counselor
Wisconsin Job Service – Dept. of Workforce Development

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Originally written and illustrated by Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, owner of Hasse Communication Counseling, LLC, who, as a person with cerebral palsy, served for 10 years as a vice president in a Fortune 500 company during his 29-year career in corporate communication. He’s an Accredited Business Communicator, certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and author of 14 Amazon books about disability awareness and disability employment issues.