Children with specials needs are not weird, abnormal or an abomination like the society has stigmatized them to be. What makes them different is that they only require special attention. If you have a child with special needs and it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, then here are useful tips to help you meet their needs without getting worked up:
- Discover your child’s strengths: It is very important to first of all understand your child’s strongest points. This will enable you appreciate the difference and see the treasure in their abilities too. It could be a skill, an attitude or behaviour. As a parent or teacher, identifying these strengths will help you know what areas to focus on and build upon to make your child a well-balanced individual.
- Engage positive role models with special needs: Children with special needs should learn about adults living with special needs that have achieved greatness despite their condition. This will serve as a motivation to them that, ‘If they can, so can I’.
- Create strength based learning methods: Once you discover your child’s strengths, create a learning method that enables their strength. Discover creative, fun and impacting ways of getting them to learn in a relaxed atmosphere. Do not be forceful, but patient to understand that their learn abilities are quite different
- Help students envision positive future careers: Many adults living with disabilities have come to function in sports, professional careers like medicine, Law, Drama. Enlightening parents and guardians to pursue lofty dreams can make life worth living and exciting to say the least.
- Encourage their social skills: Treating children in isolation only makes their condition worse. Help them create a network of friends with or without special needs. This emboldens their self-awareness and also teaches other kids that special needs aren’t anything to be ashamed about or shy away from.