Being a parent is a blissful experience. Many would claim there is no experience better than watching their child grow. It is simply a delight to watch a child go though the different phases of life. However, there are children who are born with certain conditions that impede their normal development. These can be wide ranging and each requires a separate diagnosis.
Before elaborating on the needs of special children, it would be good if the term ‘special’ is properly defined. Special children are those who are associated with certain disability – some medicinal, hormonal, emotional or sociological problem. They have unique needs and thus, the term ‘special’ is used. However, the term is a vague, it is like a huge umbrella that houses many colors to it, harboring a large number of conditions.
If you are a parent of a special child, then the first thing you need to do is be proud of your child. Your child is as precious as everyone else’s and you would do well to remember it. Below is a list of some general guidelines that you need to follow.
- Identify the condition and the level of disability – This comes ahead of everything else. Before proceeding to treatment and navigating around the condition, the exact nature would have to be identified. This would allow the requisite corrective measures to be carried out.
- Take steps to ensure his/her physical comfort – This is of foremost importance. Kids with cerebral palsy may require aid during walking. It is important to take into account these factors. Another imperative things also include the surroundings in which the child is raised.
- Take the help of a good practitioner – A medical practitioner can be an unfailing ally in your battle. He/she would be able to prescribe the requisite course of action and suggest important corrective measures.
- Patience – This is a virtue that would help you in the long run. There may be a considerable lag time until you child shows the results you are expecting. It is important not to jump treatment procedures.
This is not a one stop guide for raising children with special needs but has been designed to give a general idea regarding what needs to be done. If implemented properly, they can help a lot.
Parents need to understand that a learning disability such as autism or something like cerebral palsy is something that has to be lived with. At the same time, there are no reasons to believe that a child cannot improve. A slow but gradual improvement can be sought. However, expectations need to be kept in check. If you are worried about the future of your child, it may be wise to expose the child to different fields of interests. Chances are that he/she would be a natural at one skill or the other. It has often been observed that a weakness is most certainly complemented with some strength – parents need to identify that and cultivate it to raise independent individuals.