Tips for parents of children with disabilities.
- Spend quality time with your child: One-on-one time between you and your child is so important. In today's day and age with tablet and mobile phone distractions its even more important to dedicate 100% of your focus and energy on being present. Even if it's just 5 minutes in the morning before you leave for work. This will show your child that you care and are there to support them.
- Educate yourself: Be as informed as possible about your child's disability and the ways that it can be managed and treated. Having the best knowledge possible will enable you and your child to deal with the situation more productively.
- Communicate with your child: Speak to your child in an age-appropriate way and use language that matches their level of development. This can prevent frustration arising when they feel you don't understand them or when they don't understand you.
- Advocate for your child: It's important to work with your child's school or therapy team to ensure that their needs are met.
- Focus on the positives: Every child, no matter what their disability, has unique gifts and talents. Focus on the positives that can come from having a disability.
Build a strong support network: Look for support from family members and friends. There are also many resources available for families dealing with disabilities from online groups and helpful videos to clubs specific to those with disabilities. Remember, its important to talk to others and never be afraid to ask for advise or help.