Providing for children is a huge responsibility and is not a simple task. For parents with children with special needs, the tasks multiplies, as the child may not be able to take care for himself even after reaching a certain age.
The process of planning for a future with the child with special needs can often seem overwhelming. But when you have taken the necessary steps, the journey can be a tad easier.
As a parent, you are the best advocate for your child. Your advocacy is a positive process which builds up your child's strengths. You are in a unique position to identify your child's challenges and implement positive changes.
The following tips can help parents help their special children in a constructive way:
Be a positive part in your child's life:
- Reinforcing positive attitude ensures your child with a strong sense of self-worth, confidence and determination.
- Look for ways to help them.
- Give your child social and emotional tools to work through challenges.
- Your behaviour and response has a big impact on your child, and it can give your child hope and confidence to succeed.
Disability isn't unconquerable:
- Everyone faces obstacles, as a parent you should teach your child to deal with those obstacles without becoming discouraged or overwhelmed.
- Don't let paperwork, school tests and other things distract you from giving your child plenty of emotional and moral support.
Be your own expert:
- Do a research of new developments, therapies and educational techniques for special children.
- You may also consult teachers, therapists, doctor for solutions.
- You must take the charge in finding tools your child needs, in order to learn or do any activity.
Speak up for your child, communicate effectively:
- Often, you may have to speak up to get special help for your child. But do not be discouraged.
- Embrace your role as an active parent and work on your communication skills.
- Remaining calm and reasonable. That way you can make a huge difference for your child.
Keep records, organise all paperwork:
- You will have to maintain an organised file of educational assessment and records.
- Try to keep a calendar of school events, educational meetings, conferences, etc.
- Keep track of children's academic progress, this may useful in establishing patterns and documenting both abilities and challenges.
Remember that your influence impacts your child more than all others:
- Your child will follow you in all walks.
- Your child is likely to embrace your perspective of approaching special needs with optimism and a sense of humor.
- Focus on learning about what works for your child and implement it at your best.
Parents must consider the needs and response of special children. Try and implement strategies that have been effective with these students in the past. It may work out for you too. Prepare them for changes in routine, and deal with inappropriate behaviours calmly and consistently. Help them understand the rules and constants in class and family and also make them believe that they can depend on you as their support network.