Parents are helped to...

Niko Bellic

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Polish - Poland
Hello. There is a sentence that goes like this:
"Parents are helped to reduce their child’s anxiety by enabling participation rather “rescuing” when people ask their child a question."
I don't understand only the beginning of the sentence - "parents are helped to". Could you put it in other words?
 
  • Niko Bellic

    Member
    Polish - Poland
    It comes from a presentation (made by Alison Wintgens, a speech language therapist) about selective mutism. This part is basically about how to help children with selective mutism. I don't know if there are any words missing but she made this presentation by herself so it's possible. It's just the beginning of the sentence that surprised me - why would parents be helped if they are the ones that should be helping?
     

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    American English
    How I read it: "Parents are helped (in their efforts) to reduce their child’s anxiety by enabling (the child’s) participation – rather (than) “rescuing” (the child, possibly by answering for him) when people ask their child a question."
     
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