The care and raising of a special needs child can be difficult. They need more attention, and they may not understand what is going on or why people are so interested in them and their condition.
It’s hard to know where to start caring for your child with special needs, but the following tips will help you along the way. I term them as “5 Bs” of caring for special needs.
- Be Patient
- Be Present
- Be Sensitive
- Be Attentive
- Be Proactive
Let’s take a look at each point:
Being a parent comes with many challenges, and caring for your child with special needs is no exception. Being patient about their growth will help you get through the difficult times while at the same time appreciating the positive advancements they make in life.
Please don’t leave your child’s side to do other things, be there when they need it most! This means being aware of what’s going on around them and understanding how to react accordingly.
It can also mean not talking or playing too loud because this could overwhelm them or cause agitation if they are sensitive to sound. Sometimes, all they may need is just giving them some company by sitting next to them and reading together until they feel better.
A child with special needs will sometimes have difficulty speaking about how they feel or what’s on their mind. You and your family are the best people to give them an outlet for this, so make sure you listen attentively when it seems like something is bothering them but may not be able to vocalize it themselves.
This can also include physical care; if they need help eating or dressing, do everything in your power (and know-how) to assist them! It could be as simple as sitting next to him while he eats his favorite meal or putting clothes over her head before buttoning up each button at her chest. These little things mean so much and take minimal effort, yet provide immense relief for both parties.
There are many resources out there for parents of children with special needs. Take the time to learn more about their condition and what they need to thrive! By doing so, you’ll be able to provide them with a full range of care that will make your life as well as theirs easier.