What It’s Like to Raise a Special Needs Child Defining what a child with “special needs” is a bit more complex and isn’t as clear cut as you might think. While it can be defined as a child who has a serious or chronic physical condition, children with special needs can also be those who have mental health conditions or specific emotional needs. Regardless of the classification of a child’s special needs, they definitely do require care that may be more intensive or hands-on than a child without special needs. If you are a parent who has a child with special needs, you may undoubtedly agree that no amount of positive scripting will erase the fact that parenthood will be much more challenging for you. Although a special needs child will still bring with them the typical joys of parenting, having a child with special needs means that there will be specific things you have to do or can’t do. For a parent who has a special needs child, here are a few things you may need to know in order to get your life organized: It’s okay to ask for help. Some children with special needs may need a different approach to education or rearing. A child with a speech delay for example, may not be able to cope with the average learning curve required in traditional learning institutions. Thus, they may first undergo speech therapy before they can be immersed in the traditional education system. This can be true for other cases. While it may seem better to homeschool a child with Down’s Syndrome for example, other children with special needs may require special needs tutoring from individuals who are certified and trained to attend to their learning requirements and curves. You don’t have to be perfect all the time. A lot of times, social and traditional media depicts parents of children with special needs as someone who is picture perfect: extremely patient, kind, never complains, never bats an eye at the hardships of raising a special needs child. But most of what you see on TV and movies or read in the news or in books show only one side of the coin. A lot of parents who raise special needs children do in fact acknowledge that there are times when they get frustrated at their child, or raise their voice at them, or sometimes take some time off of raising their child to cry for a few minutes. And this is perfectly normal. Parenting is a challenging full-time role, and you’re not always going to get everything right. You will see the best and the worst in people. Most of your time, energy, and resources will be spent on taking care of your child with special needs; this can cause your own relationships with others to fall apart. Some of your friends may understand, some of them may not. Not everyone will be kind to you and your child, and that can include other children too. But in a way, it’s a good thing because you learn to distance yourself from people and situations that will not do both you and your child’s well-being. Don’t worry, there are a lot of people who empathize, understand, and will help you.
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What It’s Like to Raise a Special Needs Child Defining what a child with “special needs” is a bit more complex and isn’t as clear cut as you might think. While it can be defined as a child who has a serious or chronic physical condition, children with special needs can also be those who have mental health conditions or specific emotional needs. Regardless of the classification of a child’s special needs, they definitely do require care that may be more intensive or hands-on than a child without special needs. If you are a parent who has a child with special needs, you may undoubtedly agree that no amount of positive scripting will erase the fact that parenthood will be much more challenging for you. Although a special needs child will still bring with them the typical joys of parenting, having a child with special needs means that there will be specific things you have to do or can’t do. For a parent who has a special needs child, here are a few things you may need to know in order to get your life organized: It’s okay to ask for help. Some children with special needs may need a different approach to education or rearing. A child with a speech delay for example, may not be able to cope with the average learning curve required in traditional learning institutions. Thus, they may first undergo speech therapy before they can be immersed in the traditional education system. This can be true for other cases. While it may seem better to homeschool a child with Down’s Syndrome for example, other children with special needs may require special needs tutoring from individuals who are certified and trained to attend to their learning requirements and curves. You don’t have to be perfect all the time. A lot of times, social and traditional media depicts parents of children with special needs as someone who is picture perfect: extremely patient, kind, never complains, never bats an eye at the hardships of raising a special needs child. But most of what you see on TV and movies or read in the news or in books show only one side of the coin. A lot of parents who raise special needs children do in fact acknowledge that there are times when they get frustrated at their child, or raise their voice at them, or sometimes take some time off of raising their child to cry for a few minutes. And this is perfectly normal. Parenting is a challenging full-time role, and you’re not always going to get everything right. You will see the best and the worst in people. Most of your time, energy, and resources will be spent on taking care of your child with special needs; this can cause your own relationships with others to fall apart. Some of your friends may understand, some of them may not. Not everyone will be kind to you and your child, and that can include other children too. But in a way, it’s a good thing because you learn to distance yourself from people and situations that will not do both you and your child’s well-being. Don’t worry, there are a lot of people who empathize, understand, and will help you.
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