Parenting and caring for a particular wants baby | Life
The day a child is born is one of the happiest days of a parent’s life. New parents know that they have things to learn and that there will be challenges along the way. These challenges might be more immediate for parents of children with special needs.
According to Active Parenting Publishers, “special needs” refers to a physical or mental health condition that occurs during development or as a result of an injury. Examples of special needs can include children with learning or behavioral disorders such as dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, or Paraplegia may also fall under the Special Needs Truss. The National Center for Education Statistics says that in the 2019-20 school year, 7.3 million public school students between the ages of three and 21 received special education benefits under the Disability Education Act.
One of the biggest challenges parents of children with special needs face is how to provide care and assistance without making the child overly dependent on their parents. Another challenge can be taking the time to break away from the caregiver role.
The following tips can help parents and other caregivers who care for children with special needs.
· Ask for help. Parents and carers should not hesitate to seek help in raising children with special needs. Nurses must overcome any misconception that they are a burden in seeking support. Seek help from friends, family members, or support groups.
· Release the attachment hormone. Researchers have found that the hormone oxytocin is released when one person feels empathy for another, which, according to Active Parent Publishers, creates a sense of well-being and trust between the two people. Take care of your child and you can work together more successfully.
· Build strengths. Stimulate your child’s independence while resisting the urge to reach in and do anything for them. This approach takes patience. Children – even children with special needs – need to make an effort to develop certain skills and become as independent as possible. Celebrate all successes, no matter how small they are.
· Establish rules and routines. Rules and routines provide something that the child can expect every day. This will promote a sense of security.
· Create contingency plans. Life may be unpredictable, but you have a few options in your back pocket. An emergency plan can include a list of places to go if you learn that a venue is not wheelchair accessible or if a child is disturbed by loud noises or lights.
Planning is often key to raising a child with special needs. Learning what works for others can help parents become more effective caregivers.